The Miami Heat will start their second-round NBA playoffs series the same way they ended their first round matchup, again shorthanded.
At the top of an extended injury report issued Sunday by the team for Monday night’s Eastern conference semifinal series opener against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat have listed point guard Kyle Lowry as out due to the hamstring strain that sidelined him from the final two games of the team’s opening-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Gabe Vincent again is expected to start in place of Lowry, as he did at the end of the Atlanta series. Lowry’s absence also figures to open the door for an increased role for guard Victor Oladipo, who re-emerged 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 of those to miss the game being forward Markieff Morris, who was away from the team for Sunday’s practice in FTX arena due to a non-Covid illness. Morris did not play in the first round against Atlanta.
Also listed as questionable by the Heat were Jimmy Butler, with the knee pain that kept him out of Tuesday’s clinching Game 5 victory over the Hawks; P.J. Tucker, with the calf strain he sustained at the end of the regular season, one that did not require missed time in the first round; Caleb Martin, with an ankle sprain; Max Strus, with a hamstring strain; and Tyler Herro, with an upper-respiratory illness.
Those latter five players all attended Sunday’s practice, as did Lowry.
For the 76ers, center Joel Embiid did not travel due to the orbital fracture and concussion sustained in Philadelphia’s series-clinching road victory Friday night over the Toronto Raptors.