McGruder connected for 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-6 3Pt) while adding five rebounds and four assists over 31 minutes in Friday's 98-94 loss against the Knicks.
McGruder is averaging 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists over his past five outings, all slightly above his season averages. He is finishing the regular season strong and doing his part to keep the Heat in the hunt for a postseason spot.
McGruder (quadriceps) will start Friday against the Magic, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
McGruder's left quad contusion forced him into an early exit from Miami's game Wednesday versus the Sixers, but that ailment won't be enough to prevent him from keeping his place in the starting lineup Friday. In two previous appearances versus Orlando this season, McGruder has averaged 8.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per game.
McGruder exited early in Wednesday's blowout win over the 76ers with a left quad contusion, but it appears his departure may have only been precautionary. His participation in morning shootaround suggests he's at little risk of missing Friday's contest, so look for him to assume his usual starting role on the wing.
McGruder (quad) expects to play Friday against the Magic, Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports.
McGruder was removed from Wednesday's win over the 76ers after suffering a bruised quad, but the issue appears to be a matter of pain management, rather than any sort of structural damage. The Heat will update McGruder's status after shootaround Friday, but the expectation at this point is he'll be able to start on the wing as he usually does.
McGruder will not return to Wednesday's game versus the Magic after suffering a left quad contusion.
McGruder tallied four points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3PT), three rebounds, and two assists across 15 minutes before exiting the game. The Heat were in control of the game, so it is unclear if the wing would have been able to return in a closer contest. Josh Richardson could see some more run providing depth on the perimeter of McGruder is forced to miss anymore time. His next chance to play will be Friday against the Magic.
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