Miami Heat: Kyle Lowry Needs To His Instinctual Self For The Postseason
You can only rely so much on Max Strus and P.J. Tucker to make big plays down the stretch before defenses begin to key in on them. Bam’s ability to attack and accept challenges late in games has grown in promise, but Miami’s options were very limited down the stretch.
The T-Wolves took advantage of these very facts.
As none of those players above are known as dynamic fourth-quarter options, yet in Bam’s case, Lowry must seize the moment as the team’s top ball-handler, demand the ball, and be precise with his decisions. For obvious reasons, that 22-point fourth-quarter performance against the LA Clippers earlier this year seemed to be the epitome of Kyle’s skillset.
Basically, you know he’s more than capable. Seeing these types of mental errors can be frustrating, especially since Lowry is a player who has played and experienced professional basketball at its highest level for a long time now.
He isn’t unfamiliar with leading a championship team and instilling confidence into younger teammates, as he did for several years in Toronto. Whether it’s attempting field goals or creating them, it’s too often that he allows his teammates to find their own confidence, which shouldn’t be an experiment with the game on the line.
As the Heat are inching closer to locking up first place in the East but with 13 games remaining in the regular season, they’ll need to finish strong. The best way for that to happen for Miami would certainly be in concert with an assertive Kyle Lowry.
That’s, not only, the Kyle that everyone likes but it’s the one that the Miami Heat will need to win a title.