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Kyle Lowry says continuity ‘derailed’ first year with Heat

Continuity, not conditioning, Kyle Lowry said Wednesday is what derailed his initial season with the Miami Heat.

Addressing a media group for the first time since the day Heat were eliminated in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals by the Boston Celtics, the veteran point guard alluded to the extended periods he missed at midseason to attend to a family matter.

In Toronto for a golf event for the foundation of Raptors coach Nick Nurse, Lowry again declined to specify the family matter, but did acknowledge the impact.

Signed away from the Raptors last summer on a three-year, $85 million contract last August, Lowry missed nine consecutive games from Jan. 17 to Feb. 1 due to what the Heat listed as personal reasons. He then missed four additional games for those same listed reasons from Feb. 28 to March 3.

While Gabe Vincent performed admirably in Lowry’s absence, continuity stood as an issue throughout the second half of the season and playoffs.

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