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Heat's Bam Adebayo: Muted effort in blowout loss
Adebayo ended with just three points (1-5 FG, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 111-84 loss to Utah.
Adebayo drew another start in the absence of Hassan Whiteside (personal) but was unable to repeat his efforts of the last three games. This was simply a case of Rudy Gobert getting the better of Adebayo, limiting his production across the board. Whiteside is slated to return for Friday's game against the Grizzlies which will likely send Adebayo back to the bench.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Uninspiring effort in spot start
Johnson had just three points and two assists in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 111-84 loss to the Jazz.
Johnson replaced Goran Dragic (knee) in the starting lineup Wednesday but provided nothing but frustration for those that had added him. Johnson has the ability to put up a big night on occasions but the consistency is just not there. He is not worth owning except in the deepest of formats.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Kelly Olynyk: Plays well in blowout loss
Olynyk finished with 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 111-84 loss to Utah.
Olynyk was the best player for the Heat in what can only be described as a thumping. He continues to play well having now scored in double-figures in seven straight games. He has also recorded at least one steal in all seven games while averaging almost seven rebounds. Hassan Whiteside (personal) is due back Friday which could impact Olynyk's playing time. That being said, James Johnson has not been setting the world on fire and could make way for some more of Olynyk.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Draws start Wednesday
Johnson will get the start for Wednesday's tilt with the Jazz, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Johnson will start in place of Goran Dragic (knee). In 19 games this year, Johnson has averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.1 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Will return to team Friday
Whiteside (personal) will rejoin the Heat for Friday's tilt with the Grizzlies, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Whiteside, who will end up missing four games after the birth of his child, will rejoin the Heat for Friday's game at Memphis. Whiteside is highly likely to return to his starting role, which would push Bam Adebayo back to the bench.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Will play Wednesday
Johnson (hip) will play Wednesday against the Jazz, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Johnson was previously listed as probable after missing Monday's game against the Lakers. With Goran Dragic (knee) out Wednesday, Johnson will presumably start at point guard against Utah.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dion Waiters: Out for road trip
Waiters (ankle) is out for the remainder of the Heat's road trip, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Waiters continues to be without a timetable for a return and is essentially day-to-day. The Heat's road trip ends following Sunday's game at New Orleans.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Will re-join team on road trip
Whiteside (personal), who is out Wednesday against the Jazz, will re-join the Heat sometime during the team's road trip, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Whiteside is set to miss a fourth straight game due to a personal matter Wednesday. The only two games remaining on Miami's road trip is a Friday matchup against the Grizzlies and a Sunday game against the Pelicans. Once Whiteside returns, Bam Adebayo should return to the bench.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Goran Dragic: Out Wednesday
Dragic (knee) is out Wednesday against the Jazz.
Dragic has been battling knee soreness nearly all season, and he'll sit out Wednesday's contest. Dwyane Wade is a strong candidate to see an expanded role with Dragic sidelined, and is averaging 33.9 fantasy points per game under that condition.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Probable Wednesday
Johnson (hip) is probable Wednesday against the Jazz, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Johnson was cleared off the injury report for Monday's matchup against the Lakers, but never ended up seeing the floor. It appears the team anticipates him being available again Wednesday, though it remains unclear why Johnson didn't play Monday. He's averaging 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.1 minutes this season.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Won't return to action Wednesday
Whiteside (personal) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against Utah.
Whiteside will miss yet another game while away from the team for the birth of his child. His next opportunity to return will come Friday in Memphis.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.: Shines on defensive end
Jones tallied eight points (3-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocks across 29 minutes Monday in the Heat's 108-105 loss to the Lakers.
The Heat had all of their core rotation players available Monday with the exception of center Hassan Whiteside (personal), but the packed bench didn't prevent Jones from logging significant run. For the second straight game, Jones pulled down double-digit boards while making a big impact in the defensive categories. Given that Jones failed to leave the bench in five of the Heat's previous eight games, it's difficult to invest in the third-year forward outside of deep formats, but his strong form in back-to-back outings should at least keep in the rotation for now.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Modest stat line in return
Richardson (shoulder) totaled 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and one steal across 30 minutes in the Heat's 108-105 loss to the Lakers on Monday.
Richardson's stat line was solid but modest, and the shoulder inflammation that cost him Saturday's game against the Clippers likely played a role in his shooting struggles. However, the fourth-year pro has been scuffling from the field for an extended period, as he's shot between 14.3 and 36.4 percent in the last seven games. While Richardson had still managed to keep up his scoring totals over much of that span through sheer volume, a downturn in shot attempts over the last three games combined with his lack of accuracy has led to single-digit point tallies in each of those contests.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Bam Adebayo: Double-doubles in close loss
Adebayo managed 12 points (6-11 FG, 0-2 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks across 29 minutes in the Heat's 108-105 loss to the Lakers on Monday.
Adebayo once again filled in admirably for Hassan Whiteside (personal), posting the second double-double of his three-game starting stint. The 21-year-old big man has proven a steady source of points and rebounds during his extended opportunity, and his performances could certainly serve to carve him out additional minutes over what he'd previously been seeing off the bench once Whiteside returns.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Kelly Olynyk: Strong off bench in loss
Olynyk amassed 15 points (6-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 24 minutes in the Heat's 108-105 loss to the Lakers on Monday.
Olynyk drew even with Dwyane Wade for second on the team in scoring, posting his sixth double-digit point tally in the process. His accuracy from the field was an especially welcome sight, considering he'd shot just 15.4 percent on Saturday night versus the Clippers. Olynyk's recent surge and consistency have been encouraging, as he'd posted single-digit point totals in nine of the 14 games prior to his current productive stretch.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Double-doubles in final LeBron tilt
Wade pitched in 15 points (6-19 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block across 32 minutes in the Heat's 108-105 loss to the Lakers on Monday.
Despite a ragged shooting night, Wade found his way to a stellar stat line thanks in large part to a combination of elevated usage and strong work as a facilitator. The 36-year-old has been particularly productive since returning from an eight-game paternity leave, but Monday's effort marked his first double-double of the campaign, which fittingly unfolded in his final matchup against close friend LeBron James. The main blemish on a memorable night was his miss on a would-be game-tying fadeaway jumper in the closing seconds, but Wade remains a steady source of production for both the Heat and fantasy owners.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Justise Winslow: Leads team despite bench role
Winslow compiled 28 points (11-20 FG, 6-10 3Pt), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 38 minutes in the Heat's 108-105 loss to the Lakers on Monday.
Winslow compiled a team-high scoring total despite his bench role, as he actually ended up pacing the Heat in minutes on the night. The 22-year-old now has three consecutive 20-point efforts, shooting an impressive 56.8 percent over that span, including 52.4 percent from three-point range. The fourth-year pro's production Monday brought his December averages to 18.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals across a robust 34.4 minutes.... See More ... See Less