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Is Kyle Lowry Playing Tonight? Injury Update Ahead of Celtics vs Heat Game 1

Adam Taylor McKillop
Is Kyle Lowry playing tonight? Injury update ahead of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs Boston Celtics.
Is Kyle Lowry playing tonight? Injury update ahead of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs Boston Celtics. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Updated (Tuesday, May 17, 11:15 a.m. ET): Kyle Lowry has officially been ruled out ahead of Tuesday night's Game 1. It looks as if he'll be day-to-day moving forward.

Miami Heat starting point guard Kyle Lowry has only been available for five of his team's 11 games throughout the NBA Playoffs. His absence didn't stop the Heat from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, and a date with the Boston Celtics.

But, Heat fans are on the edge of their seats to know when Lowry will return from his hamstring injury.

Is Kyle Lowry Playing Tonight?

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals is scheduled to tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 17. Unfortunately, as of Sunday, Lowry is looking doubtful to return in time for Game 1.

Celtics vs Heat Game 1

Lowry did not practice on Sunday. According to Barry Jackson and the Miami Herald, the veteran point guard did “some things on the side" while attending practice, but he was not a regular participant. Jackson added that he "seems unlikely to play in Game 1."

Is Kyle Lowry Playing in Game 1?

Kyle Lowry Injury Update

Interestingly enough, the Heat are a perfect 6-0 in games Lowry has missed during the postseason. Gabe Vincent starts at point guard when Lowry is absent and has been averaging 7.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds on 38.0% shooting from the field in 23.9 minutes per game.

Eastern Conference Finals

With or without Lowry, the Heat have a good opportunity to jump out to a 1-0 series lead on Tuesday at home. FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA Odds show the Heat as 1.5-point favorites (-110 to cover) and -126 moneyline favorites.

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