Kyle Lowry has had a few interesting years here in South Beach. He was a huge contributor to last season’s team that featured Miami that ended up as the #1 loaded seed in the Eastern Conference. But this season has been a little different for the veteran guard. Lowry did some old shows, but at the same time he also had some head-scratching shows.
In some games it looks like he could be a championship level guard as other games show that maybe it’s time to get the former All-Star off the bench. There was an article I wrote recently where I mentioned Miami was 6-1 in games Lowry didn’t play.
Everything I pointed out in this article was indeed true, but in retrospect, the 6-1 record may have been a case of luck. Immediately after it was posted, Miami lost a match without Lowry in Atlanta. Then he came back from injury against New Orleans Pelicans It can be said that the team gave its best performance throughout the season. Miami won in great fashion, and everything was going its way defensively and offensively.
I would say this is one of the best, if not the best the Heat have appeared this season. Just clicking on all the defensive and offensive cylinders
– Hot Hot Hoops (hothoops) January 19, 2023
The important thing to note in that game as well, is that Miami had a full rotation available. Is this a sign of what Kyle Lowry and the Heat can do in full force? Were people, myself included, a little hard on Lowry playing with fresh faces in and out of the lineup all year due to injuries? Perhaps, since The Heat has accumulated some impressive wins lately, maybe all it takes is for the guys to slowly get healthy all at the same time.
This brings us to the report that Lori may be stuck at the end.
Miami is not trying to deal with Kyle Lowry, VA @tweet
“With the Heat playing so much better—13 wins in 19 games—any idea of Miami ‘breaking up their roster’ went from completely unlikely to improbable.” pic.twitter.com/Tt4Tarr8Lt
– NBACentral (TheNBACentral) January 19, 2023
This makes sense, and also something Heat fans should be open to. Being a base guard puts you in charge of running the offense, and having so many different lineups to work with could definitely cause some consistency issues for someone like Lowry. Ultimately, he is the winner. He’s a proven NBA champion and an amazing locker room presence. He has helped goalie players like Gabe Vincent and even Tyler Herro become better.
Kyle Lowry’s influence goes beyond penalty points, and we all know how close he is on and off the field with Jimmy Butler. A player like Butler wasn’t sure about bringing in Lowry if it didn’t mean the team would benefit from him. Yes, Lorre has had inconsistent one-man shows, but he’s not in this class to be the main male lead.
Miami has players like Butler, Hero, Bam Adebayo and even Victor Oladipo to take on the offensive responsibilities. Lowry is there to help be a leader, engage men, and bring a winning DNA. He places a lot of blame on his poor performance at times when there are clearly other important problems; Big man depth. The Heat has been consistently destroyed in rebounding all season. They have an undrafted rookie who takes back up big minutes to give Adebayo a break.
To go along with having a leaner wing player in Caleb Martin, who’s a more natural winger as a 3. Miami has bigger issues to deal with when the trade expires, and I personally don’t think the team’s PG is anywhere close. Great case like front court promotion.
Heat Nation shouldn’t have given up on the QB1 just yet. He is a player who makes teams better, not worse.
And though he’s showing signs of age, there’s a chance there may be more production left on the way to another Lowry playoff run.