Babbitt (groin) started at power forward and posted eight points (3-7 FG, 2-6 3Pt) and one rebound across 21 minutes in Friday's 113-110 preseason loss to the 76ers.
Coach Erik Spoelstra hasn't announced who will serve as his starting power forward for the season, but considering Babbitt had missed half of the team's preseason schedule while battling and didn't have a particularly strong outing in his return, Derrick Williams still looks like the favorite for those duties. Even if that's the case, Babbitt could still serve as Williams' top backup, as his 40.3 percent career rate from three-point line makes him a matchup problem for opposing big men.
Babbitt (groin) will play in Friday's preseason game against the 76ers, Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports.
Babbitt missed the last week of games after injuring his groin, but he will take the court for Miami's final exhibition contest. Fellow forward Josh McRoberts (foot) will not play Friday, which could open up a few extra minutes for Babbitt.
Babbitt has now missed three games in a row, and isn't a safe bet to return to action for Friday's preseason finale against the 76ers. It's not expected that Babbitt will be sidelined for the Oct. 26 regular-season opener, however, as he's been able to participate in non-contact workouts this week.
Babbitt (groin) has been ruled out of Tuesday's preseason matchup with the Magic, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Babbitt was held out of contact during Monday's practice and despite going through Tuesday's morning shootaround, he was always expected to be held out. He'll get a couple additional days off for recovery, with his next opportunity for a return Thursday against the Hornets. While a starting power forward has yet to be named, Derrick Williams is currently the presumed favorite and Babbitt's recent injury will likely only further solidify Williams' positioning at the top of the depth chart.
Babbitt continues to deal with tightness in his right groin, which limited him to non-contact work during Monday's practice. It looks like he'll miss his second game in a row due to the issue, but is hopeful to return to action Thursday against the Hornets.
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