Reed finished with three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block across 16 minutes during a 117-109 win over the Rockets on Wednesday.
With starting center Hassan Whiteside healthy for the past three weeks, Reed has settled into a regular workload as his top backup, which typically affords him around 12-to-16 minutes per game. While the reserve big man has been a quality per-minute producer, he'll struggle to gain relevance in most leagues so long as Whiteside is healthy, as coach Erik Spoelstra hasn't shown a willingness this season to play Reed alongside Whiteside.
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.
A bruised sternum kept Reed out of action Friday against the Bucks, but after getting in a limited practice over the weekend and taking part in shootaround Tuesday, he's been cleared to return to game action. The 26-year-old turned in a pair of double-doubles earlier in January during his four-game stint as the starting center, but he's been held under 20 minutes in his subsequent two appearances following the return of Hassan Whiteside (eye). Reed is little more than an insurance policy in deep leagues in the event Whiteside misses time at some point with another injury.
Reed, who sat out Friday's loss to the Bucks with a bruised sternum, was a limited participant in Sunday's practice, taking part in only non-contact work. He did cite some lingering discomfort, but it sounds like he's feeling well enough to push through the injury and play Tuesday. Barring any late setbacks, Reed should serve as the top backup to starting center Hassan Whiteside.
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