Should Miami Bench Kyle Lowry?

Should Miami Bench Kyle Lowry?

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Should Miami Bench Kyle Lowry?

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It wasn’t too long ago that guard Kyle Lowry was at the top of the NBA world. He had just helped the Toronto Raptors capture their first ever Larry O’Brien Trophy but fast forward a few seasons and the veteran guard may be hurting his new team more than helping. Lowry left Toronto last offseason and signed a new deal with the Miami Heat. He was seen as the needed veteran point guard that could help get the Heat over the hump.

He helped them clinch the number overall seed in the Eastern Conference but since the playoffs began weeks ago, Lowry has been pretty inconsistent with his play. He had been dealing with injuries all postseason and you could even argue that the Heat have been at their best with Lowry has missed time. Over the last two games of their conference finals matchup with the Boston Celtics, Lowry has scored a combined three points and has shot one of 12 from the field. He has averaged 23 minutes per game and in the pivotal game five last night, he scored a total of zero points.

This isn’t the kind of production that the Heat envisioned from Lowry when they signed him over the offseason. He has been a shell of himself both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. His injuries could be playing a role in his decline in play but if he is going to get onto the court, he needs to be effective. Injuries aren’t an excuse if he is playing, and he has lacked aggression when on the court.

To be fair, Lowry isn’t the only member of the Heat who has been struggling against the strong defense of the Celtics. However, he has produced the least among the main core of players that the Heat rely on, night in and night out. Jimmy Butler, Max Strus have both struggled as well and the Heat have missed guard Tyler Herro over the last two games due to injury. It has been a weird series all throughout and injuries have played a role on both sides.

The Heat now find themselves one loss away from elimination and will need to go into Boston and win an elimination game. Lowry has experience that he could bring to help Miami but his play of late hasn’t resulted in wins. It could be time for the Heat to sit their veteran guard but with the season on the line, I’m sure they want to go down swinging. Head coach Erik Spoelstra has a tough decision to make and whatever he chooses, will directly impact if the Miami season continues on or not.

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