Kyle Lowry says he measures his injury on an ‘hourly’ basis and spent most of the night tending to it

Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry appears to be doing everything possible to get into the team’s playoff game on Sunday, which means keeping a close eye on his injured hamstring.

Lowry, 36, was forced out of the Heat’s Game 3 playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Lowry was taken out of the game due to his injury in the final minutes of the third quarter.

Despite entering the final quarter with the lead on the road, the Heat ended up falling to the Hawks by one point thanks to a late field goal from star goaltender Trae Young.

What role Lowry’s absence played in the Hawks’ fourth-quarter comeback is up for debate. One thing is certain, however, and that is that the Heat have a chance to take a giant leap forward with a victory on Sunday.

The Heat currently have a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series. A win in Game 4 would put them one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference playoffs.

After Game 4 on Sunday, Game 5 of the series will take place in Miami on Tuesday night, which is why Lowry is so determined to get back on the court as soon as possible.

When the Heat acquired Lowry in a sign-and-trade deal this past offseason, it was no doubt in part because of his vast NBA experience. This experience becomes vital at this time of year.

Lowry contributed on both sides of the court throughout the 2021-22 regular season. In his 63 games with the Heat, he averaged 13.4 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

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