Kyle Lowry says his first season with the Heat was “a waste of a year”

Because the Miami Heat failed to reach the NBA Finals, Kyle Lowry considers his first season with the team a “waste of a year.”

Kyle Lowry wasn’t satisfied with reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. He won’t be satisfied until he’s back in the NBA Finals.

The Heat were eliminated from the playoffs in Game 7 against the Celtics on Sunday night, and the Heat guard stated as much.

While Boston moved to the Finals with a 100-96 victory against the Warriors, Lowry and his teammates will have to return home, nurse their wounds, and wait until next year.

Kyle Lowry says his first season with the Heat was “a waste of a year”

“It was a year wasted,” Lowry remarked. “It’s a waste of a year if you’re not playing for a title.”

Out of context, the first portion of that comment may appear harsh, but it’s evident that Lowry is only expressing his competitive drive. He traveled to Miami in order to compete for titles. The Heat were the Eastern Conference’s top seed, but injuries, a lack of depth, weariness, and offensive doubts took their toll.

Lowry finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block in Game 7. On a night when the Heat couldn’t seem to get hot from deep, he was 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. With 35 points, Jimmy Butler was the lone bright spot, but even he missed the game-winning three-point try.

Lowry was out during the playoffs due to a hamstring injury. On the court, he averaged 7.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.