Kyle Lowry Re-Injures Hamstring, Status "Unknown"

Kyle Lowry had missed four straight playoff games with a hamstring problem, including the first two games of the second-round series with the Philadelphia 76ers. He returned for Games 3 and 4—both Heat losses—but exited the latter for good early in the 4th quarter. His status for Game 5 is "unknown."

As far as how it feels right now? 

"I'd put it this way, you don't want to play with it," said Lowry.  

The 36-year-old, who signed a 3-year, $90M contract with the Heat this season, was back in Game 3, but went scoreless in 25 minutes. He played 30 minutes in Game 4, and had 6 points and 7 assists, while going 0-for-6 from distance. The hamstring seemed to bother him all game, as he also had to go back to the locker room in the 2nd quarter to have it checked. 

Lowry said he'd get it checked out in Miami, where the teams will meet for Game 5 on Tuesday night. "We'll see," Lowry said. "... Tough timing for a hamstring. I've never had a soft tissue [injury]. This goal is to be out there. So if you're asking if I'm gonna try and play, yes, I'll be trying to play Game 5."

Aside from missing four games in the postseason, the veteran point guard has had an extremely difficult time of it even when he has played. 

He's averaged just 6.2 points on 29.7% FG and just 20.8% from deep.

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