Bad news for the Miami Heat, who are getting hit by a barrage of injuries and players who are getting into the COVID-19 protocol list. All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry was just in the COVID-19 protocol list and has been ruled out for the upcoming game against the Orlando Magic. The Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman just reported the news. Lowry was aadded to the list alongside Caleb Martin, whi adds to the long list of players who aren’t part of the team for the upcoming game. Even though they are currently without several players on their roster, the Miami Heat is still fourth in the Eastern Conference.
The Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang reports that Lowry has indeed tested positive for COVID despite having both vaccines. Every single Miami Heat player is vaccinated and most of them even got the booster shot. Tyler Herro is the one who will likely take Kyle Lowry’s place. The young point guard recently offered a massive performance coming off-the-bench against the Detroit Pistons. Without Lowry though, the Heat loses one of their best players amid another absence after Jimmy Butler had to take absence due to injury.
How long will Lowry stay out of action?
According to the current protocols of COVID, players who enter the list are set for at least four or five days out of activity. However, the ones who test positive for the virus stay out for no less than 10 days. Miami Heat will have to play without Lowry against the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers. Potentially, Lowry could aim to return for the Miami Heat’s January 8 game against the Phoenix Suns. But for now, he will have to isolate and get recovered from the virus.