The Miami Heat will begin their second-round NBA playoff series the same way they ended their first-round matchup, again shorthanded.
On top of an extended injury report issued Sunday by the team for the opening game of Monday night’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat have listed point guard Kyle Lowry as appropriate. to a hamstring strain that ruled him out of the final two games of the team’s first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Gabe Vincent is again expected to start in place of Lowry, as he did at the end of the Atlanta series. Lowry’s absence also appears to open the door to a bigger role for guard Victor Oladipo, who reemerged as a rotation player late in the Hawks’ series.
The Heat also listed six other players as questionable for Game 1 against Philadelphia, with the most likely to miss the game being forward Markieff Morris, who was sidelined for Sunday’s practice at the FTX arena due to unexplained illness. related to Covid. Morris did not play in the first round against Atlanta.
Also listed as questionable by the Heat was Jimmy Butler, with knee soreness keeping him out of Tuesday’s Game 5 win over the Hawks; PJ Tucker, with the calf strain he suffered at the end of the regular season, one that didn’t require losing time in the first round; Caleb Martin, with a sprained ankle; Max Strus, with a hamstring strain; and Tyler Herro, with upper respiratory illness.
Those last five players attended practice Sunday, as did Lowry.
For the 76ers, center Joel Embiid did not travel due to the orbital fracture and concussion suffered in Philadelphia’s series-clinching road victory Friday night over the Toronto Raptors.