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Heat's Wayne Ellington: Moves into starting five
Ellington will move into the starting lineup Sunday against the Lakers with Goran Dragic (knee) out.
Even though Ellington will be taking the place of Miami's primary ball handler, it's more reasonable to assume that Miami will have numerous players fulfill that role in the absence Dragic, not Ellington alone. That said, Ellington could find his way into more minutes while Dragic is out.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Yante Maten: Heads to Miami
Maten was recalled from the G League on Sunday.
Maten has been playing very well in the G League this season but is still looking for his NBA debut. The rookie should be expected to rejoin the Skyforce at some point in the near future.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Duncan Robinson: Rejoins Heat
Robinson was recalled from the G League on Sunday.
As a two-way player, Robinson will continually head back and forth from the NBA and G League throughout the season. Understandably, he hardly plays while with the Heat but is a fixture of the Skyforce's lineup.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Rodney McGruder: Will play against Lakers
McGruder (quadriceps) will play Sunday against the Lakers, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
McGruder came into Monday with a questionable tag but will ultimately play through the quadriceps injury he's been dealing with. Goran Dragic (knee) will sit Sunday, so McGruder could be in store for a heavy workload.... See More ... See Less
Heat's James Johnson: Ready for season debut
Johnson (abdomen) will play Sunday against the Lakers on a minutes restriction, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Johnson will be making his season debut after sitting out with a lingering abdominal injury. His exact role seems undetermined for Sunday, but he figures to be a mainstay in the rotation when he returns to full health.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Goran Dragic: Out Sunday
Dragic (knee) won't play Sunday against the Lakers, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
The Heat are expected to make a more definitive decision on how to proceed with Dragic's knee injury in the near future, whether it means an extended absence or otherwise. In the meantime, Tyler Johnson will be in line for an expanded role.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Remains on paternity leave Sunday
Wade (personal) won't play Sunday against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Wade remains on paternity leave and the Heat are giving him all the time he needs to be with his family. Wade's next chance to take the court arrives Tuesday against the Nets.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Rodney McGruder: Questionable Sunday vs. Lakers
McGruder is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers due to a quadriceps injury, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
McGruder likely picked up the injury during Friday's game against the Pacers, where he played 31 minutes and posted 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. With Goran Dragic (knee) also questionable, the Heat could end up thin in the backcourt.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Goran Dragic: Questionable Sunday
Dragic is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers due to a knee injury, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Dragic has missed three games this season while dealing with knee pain, which seems to have surfaced again. More information on his condition and status may arrive following morning shootaround.... See More ... See Less
Heat's James Johnson: Probable Sunday vs. Lakers
Johnson (hernia) is probable for Sunday's game against the Lakers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
There's a strong chance Johnson will make his season debut Sunday after undergoing surgery to address a sports hernia back in May. Johnson noted earlier in the week that he's been waiting until he reaches certain physical benchmarks before returning, and it appears he's accomplished that. It's possible he will be on a minutes restriction for his first game back. More information regarding his status could arrive following morning shootaround.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Extends double-double streak to six
Whiteside scored 12 points (6-15 FG) while adding 17 rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes during Friday's 99-91 loss to the Pacers.
It's his sixth straight double-double and 11th in 14 games, and Whiteside has also re-emerged as one of the top shot-blockers in the league. He's recorded multiple blocks in 11 games this season as well, averaging 3.1 a game -- nearly double the 1.7 a game he supplied in an injury-plagued 2017-18.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Seven threes in loss to Pacers
Richardson scored 28 points (10-16 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 41 minutes during Friday's 99-91 loss to the Pacers.
He led all scorers on the night, but unfortunately Richardson didn't get much help from his teammates, as no other Heat player managed more than 12 points. The 25-year-old has emerged as the focal point of Miami's offense this season, averaging career highs in points (20.8) and three-pointers (3.1) through 15 games.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.: Available Friday vs. Pacers
Jones (illness) is available Friday against the Pacers, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Jones will make his return after a one-game absence Wednesday. He's seeing 11.4 minutes per game over his past seven appearances.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.: Upgraded to probable
Jones (illness) participated in shootaround and has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game against the Pacers.
Jones was sidelined for Wednesday's game against the Nets with an illness, but it looks like it won't cost him more time than that. Jones' status will still need to be confirmed before tip-off, but all signs point to the high-flyer being a full go in Indiana.... See More ... See Less