Deng (hamstring) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Pacers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. This will be Deng's second consecutive miss due to tightness in his hamstring. Gerald Green is expected to continue to start in Deng's spot, with Justice Winslow also seeing more minutes. There's no telling how long Deng could be out for, but the Heat surely won't rush him back into the swing of things.
Deng (hamstring) has officially been ruled out of the Heat's game on Wednesday against the Pistons, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Deng says he's trying to be smart with this injury, and is focusing on Friday's rematch with the Knicks in New York. It is unclear whether coach Erik Spoelstra will have Gerald Green or rookie Justise Winslow start in his spot at shooting guard, however he had Green practice with the starters in Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Deng (hamstring) is doubtful for the Heat's game on Wednesday against the Pistons, Ira Windman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Deng's starting shooting guard spot will likely be replaced by rookie Justise Winslow, while Gerald Green will see increased minutes off the bench. Deng has been struggling with his left hamstring for the last few days, but was able to play through it on Monday against the Knicks, scoring nine points and grabbing three rebounds in 31 minutes. Deng said he has not ruled out playing on Friday against the Knicks just yet, and will wait until closer to decide.
Deng (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday, but he will travel with the team for Wednesday's game in Detroit, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Deng has been nursing a left hamstring injury for the last few days, but he played through the ailment in Monday's win over the Knicks, finishing with nine points and three rebounds in 31 minutes. Reports after the game intimated that the Heat may rest Deng on Wednesday, but it appears as though a decision won't be made until closer to game-time, and his decision to travel with the team should earn him a questionable designation. In the event Deng is ultimately held out, the Heat would likely start rookie Justise Winslow or veteran Gerald Green in his place.
Deng said he experienced renewed tightness with his hamstring in the second half of Monday's win over the Knicks, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports. The Heat could hold him out of Wednesday's game against the Pistons as a result. "We're gonna evaluate the next game," Deng said. Playing through the hamstring injury is likely just a matter of pain tolerance for Deng, but it may not make much sense for the forward to risk worsening the issue so early in the season. He'll likely to continue to receive treatment for the next several days, and could be forced to sit out a few games along the way if the team determines it's in Deng's best interest to rest up. Even if Deng isn't forced to miss any time, it's probably worth avoiding him in daily formats over the next few games while he presumably remains less than 100 percent healthy.
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