WATCH: Kyle Lowry Elbowed in the Face and Hit on the Groin in Intense NBA Moment

Published 11/13/2021, 10:22 PM EST
Nov 13, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) jumps away from Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (11) and shoots the ball during the first quarter at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports


The Utah Jazz’s atrocious performance against the Miami Heat left them on the losing end when the final buzzer went off. Utah was obviously quite desperate to make as many buckets as possible throughout, as they trailed for the most part of the game. And in the midst of that, one of Heat’s players, Kyle Lowry, got injured thanks to Donovan Mitchell.

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This did not come as a surprise because the Jazz seems to have gotten rougher and rougher with their game. With the contribution that Kyle made to Miami’s victory, if the injury would have been serious, it’s possible the game would have ended in Utah’s favour.

Donovan Mitchell drives into Kyle Lowry

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The fourth quarter had just begun, and the Utah Jazz realized that they needed to rally back to catch up to the Miami Heat‘s lead over them. In the first three-quarters, the Heat had established full control. So, the WC’s table topper from 2020-21 was too late in its attempt to gain it back. The game ended with victory written all over Miami. However, one minor error in their rival’s ways could have cost them heavily.

It was just the beginning of Q1, when Donovan Mitchell was seen driving towards the bucket. In his way was Kyle Lowry, who got elbowed to his face, falling down on the court and even seemed to injure his groin. The 35-year-old guard was then seen making his way to the locker room, limping. Thankfully, a few moments later, Lowry was back on the court with his team.

The Heat was already at a big disadvantage as they were playing without their superstar Jimmy Butler because of his ankle injury. On top of that, Markieff Morris was also ruled before entering this matchup. So, if it wasn’t for Tyler Herro‘s 27-point performance, paired with Lowry’s 21 points, and Duncan Robinson’s 22 points, the result would have been very different.

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Where did the Utah Jazz go wrong?

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Nov 13, 2021; Donovan Mitchell (45) gets past Kyle Lowry (7) and goes to the basket during the second half at Vivint Arena. Miami Heat won 111-105. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The offensive rebounds absolutely humiliated the Jazz. On top of that, this game had many scary moments, with players like Rudy Gobert and Royce O’Neal walking off the court with injury scares. Although none of them stayed out too long, they certainly seemed shaken up.

Their biggest mistake was letting Miami take charge in the first quarter itself. In the beginning, Utah Jazz was barely alive. Everyone seemingly had their doubts whether they’d even reach the double-digits on the scoreboard. However, if it wasn’t for Jordan Clarkson’s heroics, their situation might have worsened.

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On the other hand, Miami took complete advantage of Utah’s messed-up team. Unless the Jazz get their act together, other teams are going to eat them alive. And they will also lose the decent record they have put up in the West so far.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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