The Miami Heat will once again play without their starting point guard.
On Wednesday, the team announced Lowry will miss his second straight game because of hamstring issues.
The Heat have prepared for playing without him throughout the playoffs.
“I feel like we’ve been practicing that all year long with guys in and out of the lineup," Heat guard Jimmy Butler said. "It’s always that ‘next man up’ mentality. I think Gabe did a great job of that. More than anything, we made shots. You call it what it is. When you make shots, we tend to get stops. You don’t have to worry about getting back in transition as much. That was the game.”
Backup Gabe Vincent will start for the sixth time in the postseason. The Heat are 5-0 with him as the starter and Lowry's absence will also mean for playing time for Victor Oladipo.
“It just shows the kind of depth and the kind of human beings we have on this ball club," Oladipo said. "We just are going out there every night, just trying to be a star in our role. We try to say that all the time. Spo says that all the time. Be a star in your role. I understand what my role is on this team and every now and then, I try to be a star along with everyone else. We just gotta keep getting better. We understand it’s a tough one coming up. We understand that it’s not going to be easy and we’re going to be ready for it.”
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