Kyle Lowry is Heat’s last man standing after his conditioning had been questioned

When it came to the last man standing for the Miami Heat, few expected the sole survivor to be Kyle Lowry.

And yet, for all that went sideways and south during the Heat’s four-game road trip, the constant was the unrelenting approach of the very player whose conditioning had been questioned in the offseason by Heat President Pat Riley.

At the start of the trip, the 36-year-old point guard played a robust 35:34 in his second game back as a visitor against the Toronto Raptors. The next game, when only seven Heat players were available and none of the others a point guard, Lowry went 50:54 in the overtime loss to the Washington Wizards. Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the minutes were limited to 31:07, but all of those came over the game’s first 34, before the rout grew too lopsided. And then Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, on the second night of a back-to-back, he played 44:22.

“I can’t say enough about Kyle Lowry, and that’s why he has that reputation that he does, as a winner,” coach Erik Spoelstra said, with the Heat hosting the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. “He’s dealing with his stuff, too, and he’s just, ‘I’m available, Coach. Whatever you need from me. If you need me to play 48, I’ll play 48.’ “

And he has played plenty. Despite his age, Lowry exited that game against the Timberwolves leading the NBA in minutes played.

Now months removed from Riley’s offseason conditioning challenge in the wake of the three-year, $85 million free-agency contract offered by the team in the 2021 offseason, Lowry said he had no doubts he was up to these moments.

“I prepared for it,” he said of workouts he chronicled in the offseason on his social media. “I prepared for it in the summertime. It’s an unfortunate …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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