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Heat's Dion Waiters: Scores 21 points in Saturday's win
Waiters went for 21 points (9-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 win over the Bulls.
Waiters had combined to score just 15 points across the last four contests while exceeding 12 minutes just once during that span. This is the third time through seven appearances this season that Waiters has earned at least 20 minutes, and he finished with a season high scoring total as well.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Scores 14 points in Saturday's win
Johnson chipped in 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists, two steals, and one rebound in 26 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 win over the Bulls.
Johnson returned to a reserve role with Josh Richardson (illness) re-joining the starting lineup following a one-game absence. Still, Johnson saw the third-most minutes on the team, trailing only Richardson and Dwyane Wade in playing time. Johnson has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, and he's likely to remain relevant in deeper leagues with Goran Dragic (knee) out for at least another month.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Scores 26 points in Saturday's win
Richardson recorded 26 points (10-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 win over the Bulls.
Richardson returned to the lineup following a one-game absence with an illness to deliver an extremely efficient scoring performance. He didn't provide his usual well-rounded line, contributing sparingly in the other categories. Nevertheless, Richardson has been among the league's most improved players and is maintaining career-high averages in points, rebounds, assists, made threes, and minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Returning to bench
Johnson will come off the bench Saturday against the Bulls, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
With Josh Richardson (illness) returning to the starting five, Johnson will resume his usual role off the pine. When coming off the bench, he's averaging 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.1 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Will play Saturday
Richardson (illness) will play Saturday against the Bulls, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Despite missing Friday's game against Detroit and recently being downgraded to questionable, Richardson will give it a go Saturday. He'll likely return to his role in the starting lineup and approach his averages of 17.7 points, 4.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 34.6 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Downgraded to questionable
Richardson (illness) has been downgraded to questionable for Saturday's matchup against Chicago.
Richardson was previously probable, but it appears his illness isn't subsiding quite as anticipated. If Richardson misses a second straight game, Tyler Johnson would presumably start once more.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Probable Saturday
Richardson (illness) has been upgraded to probable ahead of Saturday's tilt with the Bulls, Shandel Richardson of The Athletic reports.
Richardson missed Friday's game against Detroit due to an illness but appears to have recovered sufficiently enough to play Saturday. Look for an official designation on his status to be given ahead of tipoff, but assuming he doesn't experience any setbacks, he'll likely play and take on a usual load.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Joins first unit
Johnson will start Friday's game against the Pistons.
With Josh Richardson (illness) on the shelf, Johnson will take over at shooting guard. He's made four other spot starts earlier in the season, and he figures to see an uptick in minutes during Friday's matchup.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Won't play Friday
Richardson (illness) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Detroit.
Richardson was previously listed as questionable earlier in the day, and he's evidently not feeling well enough to give it a go. With Richardson on the shelf for at least one game, Tyler Johnson figure to enter the starting lineup at shooting guard.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Wayne Ellington: Available vs. Pistons
Ellingon (illness) is available to play in Friday's game against the Pistons, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Ellington was listed as questionable Friday morning with an illness, but it won't impact his ability to suit up in Detroit. Ellington has, for the most part, been out of the Heat's rotation as of late, but with Josh Richardson (illness) sidelined Friday, Ellington could end up seeing some minutes off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Available Friday
Johnson (illness) is available to play Friday against the Pistons, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Johnson participated in morning shootaround Friday and has reportedly recovered from his recent illness, making him available to play in the matchup versus Detroit. In addition, the Fresno State product may be in line for more minutes Friday due to teammates Wayne Ellington and Josh Richardson, who are both questionable, coming down with the bug over the trip to Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Wayne Ellington: Questionable with illness
Ellington is questionable for Friday's game against the Pistons due to an illness, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Ellington did not participate in shootaround, as he and Josh Richardson are both ill and stayed back at the team hotel. Ellington will likely end up being a game-time decision, but given that he is out of the team's main rotation, his status won't have much of an impact Friday night.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Questionable with illness Friday
Richardson is questionable Friday against the Pistons due to an illness, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Richardson apparently came down with the bug during the trip to Detroit and remains back at the team hotel. Officially tabbed as questionable Friday, if the former second-round pick can't play, Dwyane Wade or Dion Waiters may garner a spot start in his absence.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Misses practice Thursday
Johnson (illness) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Pistons, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Johnson missed Thursday's practice due to an undisclosed illness, leaving his status for Friday's contest up in the air. Look for the Heat to update his availability closer to tipoff.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dion Waiters: Unhappy with role since returning
Waiters expressed displeasure with his playing time after Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee, the Miami Herald reports.
Waiters used some coarse language with reporters after the game and went on to say: "I want to play. I've been patient long enough. What do I got to be patient for? Come on man. I've been patient. I think everybody knows that. It's time. What are we waiting for? If I'm out there, play me." Waiters saw just 12 minutes of action in Tuesday's blowout, which came on the heels of Saturday's game against Memphis, in which he was limited to 12 minutes. The veteran indicated that he hadn't spoken to coach Erik Spoelstra directly about the situation, but his comments Tuesday certainly won't go unheard. Since returning from a lengthy injury absence, Waiters is averaging 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 15.6 minutes across five contests.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Solid production in return
Whiteside scored 19 points (8-10 FG, 3-5 FT) while adding eight rebounds, an assist and a block in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 124-86 loss to the Bucks.
After missing Saturday's game due to illness, Whiteside looked OK in this one, tying Justise Winslow for the team lead in scoring -- although they were the only two Heat players to even reach double digits in the rout. Whiteside is averaging a double-double a game for the fifth straight season, so better rebounding numbers lie ahead, but he'll face a tough task on the glass against Andre Drummond and the Pistons on Friday.... See More ... See Less