Update, Oct. 25 — Lowry is expected to play in the team’s home matchup with the Orlando Magic on Monday. Lowry will warm up and if he feels fine, will return to the lineup. The All-Star guard sat out of Saturday’s 102-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers, one where Tyler Herro led the team in scoring with 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Update: Lowry has officially been ruled out of the contest against the Pacers. That likely opens up more opportunities for Tyler Herro at the point guard position. Jimmy Butler will get additional usage as well but Herro is primed for a bigger night as a result of Lowry’s absence. The Heat are 4.5-point favorites at the moment, but that line should trend towards Indiana a bit with Miami’s star point guard out.
The Miami Heat had a big win Thursday over the Milwaukee Bucks, showing the league they are for real this season as contenders. Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro headlined the victory but it was Kyle Lowry’s presence which ultimately will have Heat fans excited during the latter part of the season. Lowry finished with five points and six assists in 24 minutes, which doesn’t seem impressive. His command of the offense and physicality on defense were a reminder of the star point guard’s accomplishments and what he will bring to Miami in key moments of big games.
The guard is questionable to play Saturday against the Indiana Pacers due to an ankle injury. That’s likely why Lowry didn’t play as many minutes in the blowout win over the Bucks.
Kyle Lowry injury: Fantasy basketball impact
If Lowry does sit out, it’ll impact the entire Miami offense. Duncan Robinson probably suffers the most as a catch-and-shoot threat. Butler will see increased usage, as will Herro. Adebayo and PJ Tucker are unlikely to see much change.