Reed finished with three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover across 16 minutes during a 117-109 win over the Rockets on Wednesday. With starting center Hassan Whiteside healthy, Reed has settled into a regular workload in the mid-teens for minutes, which keeps his fantasy potential down on most nights. However, he has been pretty consistent on the boards and his six rebounds Wednesday marked the third time in February he was able to reach that number. Reed will head into the All-Star break sporting averages of 5.2 points and 4.8 rebounds across 14.6 minutes per game on the season, but could be a decent double-double threat if Whiteside ever goes down with an injury.
Reed posted 20 points (9-11 FG, 2-2 FT) with five rebounds, an assist and a steal over 37 minutes in Friday's 100-88 win against the Bulls. Reed has back-to-back double-digit point totals for the first time this season, averaging 17.0 points and 4.5 rebounds over his past two outings. He is performing admirably, and the Heat have won six in a row, so Reed is likely to remain in the starting lineup for the time being. As such, he is a solid fantasy option in deeper leagues, and he is a nice DFS sleeper, too.
Reed is expected to start at center in Friday's game against the Bulls, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. The Heat have officially ruled Hassan Whiteside (ankle) out Friday, so assuming coach Erik Spoelstra follows the pattern he's used during Whiteside's previous absences, Reed will move up to the top unit as the only other center on the roster who isn't undersized for the position. Spoelstra may still use James Johnson liberally at center when the Heat opt to deploy a small-ball arrangement, but Reed will likely take on the bulk of the minutes at the position. In his previous four starts in place of Whiteside, Reed averaged 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists in 26.3 minutes per game.
Reed (sternum) will play Tuesday against the Rockets. A bruised sternum kept Reed out of action Friday against Milwaukee, but after three days off he's been cleared to return to game action. The 26-year-old has seen his role fluctuate on a near-nightly basis for much of the season, but he's averaged more than 22 minutes per game over his last six contests. In that span, Reed recorded a pair of double-doubles, including a 22-point, 18-rebound effort in Phoenix on Jan. 3.
Reed (chest) is listed as probable for Tuesday's matchup with the Rockets, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Reed was a limited participant in Sunday's practice, taking part in some non-contact work. He did cite some lingering discomfort with his bruised sternum, but it's not expected to keep him out come Tuesday's outing versus the Rockets. Barring any late setbacks, Reed should jump back into the rotation as Hassan Whiteside's backup at center. That said, unless Whiteside goes down with an injury, Reed's value will remain highly restricted. Look for James Johnson to see a slightly smaller workload as well with Reed likely to be cleared.
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