Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry responded to comments made by Boston Celtics legends Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on Showtime’s “KG Certified: Ticket & Truth” recently.
“Miami was predicted to be in my top four, but now they don’t look like the team that went to the playoffs on the bubble a few years ago,” Pierce said. In the YouTube video below, the discussion begins at the 18:35 mark.
Some NBA betting sites are giving the Heat the 11th best odds to win the championship. However, a few sports books dropped their odds after starting the season under .500.
“Or the team that was the number one seed last year and took the Celtics all they wanted,” Pierce continued. “I mean, what do you think of them this year? They lost PJ Tucker; They didn’t make any moves.
They re-signed Tyler Heron. You know, Kyle Lowry is over a year old. I mean, they don’t look like the team I expected them to be.
Kyle Lowry responded to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett’s comments about the Heat
Through seven games into the 2022-23 season, the Heat are 2-5 and in 13th place overall in the Eastern Conference. Miami tops the Milwaukee Bucks at 4.5 games unbeaten.
“Um, Jimmy Butler, man,” Garnett said. “It looks like he’s not the Jimmy Butler we know him to be… What is the identity of Miami? I mean, that’s the first thing I ask myself.
They are known as a defensive team that can score early. And now they’re into the 3-point shooting lineup.
I’m still trying to figure out who they are… They’re always the ones who have the best run in the second half of the season.”
Minutes later, Pierce said, “It’s over,” referring to the Heat’s championship chances. “Their windows are closed.” Given that the retired players are former Celtic players, some bias towards certain teams can be detected.
Lowry said that the NBA is not about sprints and believes that the team can still compete for the championship
Of course, Kyle Lowry has now responded to Pierce and Garnett’s reviews. “They’re two legends of the game, and they have their opinions,” Lowry said.
“Let them rule. I guess congratulations to Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for having a great podcast. You can use their platform.
I’m happy when those people speak their minds. [But] Listen, we’re there. We still have a chance to be good. This is not about sprints. And [Pierce and Garnett] Find out.
Like I said, they’re using the platform to voice their opinion, and I’m glad they got it. For us. I can’t focus on what other people are saying. My focus is on our team and what we need to do in our locker room,” he said.
After seven games this season, the Heat rank 18th in defensive efficiency (1.096) and 26th in scoring (108 points per game). To add insult to injury, Miami missed several shots. The team ranks 25th in shooting percentage (44.9%).
For tonight’s matchup, Miami will play the Golden State Warriors at 7:30 pm ET. This tournament will be broadcast live from FTX Arena on Bally Sports Sun. Will Kyle Lowry and the Heat change seasons in the coming months?