McGruder finished with seven points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and two assists in 20 minutes in Friday's 116-108 loss against the Bucks.
McGruder is logging plenty of minutes, averaging 28.0 per game over seven outings in the month of January. However, he hasn't been terribly efficient or productive, so his value is rather limited for fantasy play despite a starting job.
McGruder will start at shooting guard in Friday's game against Boston.
Goran Dragic (back) will head back to the pine and ultimately miss his second game over the Heat's last three. McGruder started in Dragic's previous absence as well, but he only managed to score seven points against Oklahoma City over 36 minutes of action. Josh Richardson will pair with McGruder on Friday to form Miami's starting backcourt.
McGruder will move to the bench for Thursday's tilt with the Hornets, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
After a three-game absence, McGruder made his return to the lineup Tuesday, moving right back into the starting five with Goran Dragic sitting out with a back injury. However, Dragic is going to play through his lingering ailment and the Heat have opted to keep Josh Richardson with the top unit at shooting guard, meaning McGruder will be relegated to a bench role. McGruder logged 36 minutes Tuesday, but wasn't very productive, so with another decrease in playing time expected now that Dragic is back, McGurder's value continues to slide downwards.
McGruder (ankle) started at shooting guard and provided seven points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across 36 minutes in a 106-94 loss to the Thunder on Tuesday.
With Goran Dragic (back) and Dion Waiters (groin) missing from the Heat's backcourt, McGruder started and benefited from a huge workload in his return from a three-game absence, but didn't make much of an impact on his time on the court. That's been a common refrain for McGruder, who has seen huge minutes for much of the season with the injuries piling up for the Heat, yet hasn't taken advantage. Over his last 12 appearances, McGruder has hit double figures in the scoring column just once, and is shooting a meager 32.4 percent from the floor.
McGruder will start Tuesday's game against the Thunder, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
With Josh Richardson starting at point guard, and Dion Waiters (groin) out, McGruder will get a chance to be the Heats' starting shooting guard on Tuesday. McGruder missed the Heats' three previous games due to an ankle injury. It's unclear how much he will play despite getting the start, given his field goal percentage of 39.1 percent, and Wayne Ellington being available.
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