Heat’s Kyle Lowry out Game 1, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid out first two games

Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry, left, and forward Jimmy Butler look on from the bench during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MIAMI – The Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers will both be short-handed for the beginning of their series on Monday night at FTX Arena.

The Heat announced on Sunday that guard Kyle Lowry has been ruled out for Game 1 with a hamstring injury.

That same injury kept Lowry out of Game 4 and Game 5 of the Miami’s opening round series against the Hawks.

As for Philadelphia, their star big man Joel Embiid will not be in Miami for Games 1 and 2 of the series.

He suffered an orbital fracture and a concussion during Philadelphia’s close-out win over the Toronto Raptors

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Embiid could return to the series as soon as Games 3 and 4 in Philly.

Embiid would first need to clear the concussion protocols and then see a doctor about his eye.

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David Lang is executive producer of the Local 10 sports department.