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Heat's James Johnson: Does little in 23 minutes Tuesday
Johnson totaled just four points, four assists, and three rebounds in 23 minutes during Tuesday's 104-92 loss to Brooklyn.
Johnson, playing in just his second game of the season, offered very little fantasy production during his 23 minutes on the court. His playing time increased slightly, up four minutes from Sunday, but he was unable to deliver much on the stat sheet. His role moving forward is likely to be tinged with inconsistency given the depth the Heat have. He has standard league upside but at this stage, is more of a deep league option.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Plays just 13 minutes in return
Wade tallied just five points to go with two rebounds, two assists, and one block in 13 minutes during Tuesday's 104-92 loss to the Nets.
Wade returned after missing eight games due to the birth of his child, playing just 13 minutes in the loss. He was clearly rusty and may take a couple of games to back into rhythm. Wade is basically on a farewell tour and while he will display flashes throughout the season, he can be left on the waivers in standard leagues.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Scores 16 points in Tuesday's loss
Richardson had 16 points (6-20 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-7 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and two steals in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 104-92 loss to Brooklyn.
Richardson kept both his shoes on for this game, finishing with 16 points in 38 minutes. After Sunday's ejection against the Lakers, Richardson avoided a suspension for throwing his shoe but could not help the Heat avoid their 11th loss of the season. Losing record aside, Richardson has been fantastic this season, and this could be seen as a mediocre performance for the much-improved guard. He will get a couple of nights to rest before to Chicago to face the struggling Bulls. Look for Richardson to bounce back in that one.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Hauls in 23 rebounds Tuesday
Whiteside finished with 21 points (9-21 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 23 rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 104-92 loss to the Nets.
Whiteside led the Heat in both scoring and rebounding Tuesday, pulling down almost half the team's total rebounds. After a disappointing campaign across 2017-18, Whiteside has roared back this season, putting up some lofty numbers on a nightly basis. If you drafted him, you would have likely got him at a discount and are now reaping the benefits.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Rodney McGruder: Goes to locker room
McGruder went to the locker room during Tuesday's game against the Nets, Shandel Richardson of The Athletic reports.
It's not immediately clear what McGruder is dealing with. He should be considered questionable to return.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.: Starting Tuesday
Jones will start at power forward Tuesday against the Nets.
Jones will replace Justise Winslow in the starting five. That said, Jones' workload has been spotty all season and he's scored in double-digits just three times. So he can probably be safely avoided in DFS.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Justise Winslow: Coming off bench Tuesday
Winslow will come off the bench Tuesday against the Nets.
Coach Erik Spoelstra will opt to start Derrick Jones Jr. at power forward Tuesday. Despite the demotion, Winslow should still be expected to see at least 20 minutes, as he's dipped below that mark only once this season (during his season debut). Over the past four outings, Winslow is averaging 5.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists across 25.8 minutes.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Out with hamstring strain
Johnson suffered a right hamstring strain in Monday's practice and will not play in Tuesday's game against the Nets.
The severity of Johnson's hamstring strain is unknown at this time, but the Heat won't risk anything with the shooting guard and will leave him on the sideline Tuesday. Fortunately for Miami, Dwyane Wade (personal) has returned to the team and will be back in the lineup after an eight-game absence. Wade will likely absorb majority of Johnson's minutes off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Back in lineup Tuesday
Wade (personal) will play in Tuesday's game against the Nets, David Wilson of The Miami Herald reports.
Wade has missed the last eight games while on paternity leave, but his extended absence will officially come to a close Tuesday. Given that Wade has been away from the team for so long, expect him to play a fairly limited role off the bench against Brooklyn.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Ruled out Tuesday
Wade (personal) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Wade is slated to miss an eighth straight game as he remains on paternity leave, though coach Erik Spoelstra indicated Monday that the veteran guard is close to rejoining the Heat. His next chance to return to the court will come Friday against the Bulls.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Gets ejected in Sunday's game
Richardson totaled 17 points (7-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 25 minutes before he was ejected with 6:40 remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 113-97 loss to the Lakers.
Richardson threw his shoe against the scoring table when he drew his fifth personal foul, then flung the shoe into the stands when coach Erik Spoelstra motioned him to the bench. Considering it was the first career ejection for Richardson and he didn't take his aggression out on the officials or any of the Lakers players, he'll likely avoid a suspension and should only be subjected to a fine from the league office. Expect any punishment against Richardson to be levied prior to Tuesday's game against the Nets, making it pertinent for fantasy managers to check on his status beforehand just to ensure he avoided a suspension.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Nearing return
Coach Erik Spoelstra said Monday that Wade will return "soon," Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Wade has missed the last seven games while on paternity leave, but appears to be close to rejoining the team. That said, Spoelstra didn't specify when exactly Wade would return, leaving him game-to-game.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Goran Dragic: Out another three games
Dragic (knee) is expected to miss the next three games, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Dragic had his knee drained Monday morning in an attempt to put the knee pain that's bothered him throughout the season to rest. "We knew it wasn't serious but we knew it was something that needed to be taken care of... hopefully we can take care of it and wipe it out right now," coach Erik Spoelstra said. He's hoping to return to action next week after the inflammation subsides. In the meantime, look for Tyler Johnson to maintain his expanded role.... See More ... See Less
Heat's James Johnson: Limited to 15 minutes off bench
Johnson played 15 minutes off the bench in his season debut Sunday against the Lakers, finishing with eight points (2-8 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) and two assists.
A sports hernia kept Johnson out of the first month of action, but he returned Sunday in a reserve role behind Justise Winslow. Johnson struggled around the rim, but he knocked down a pair of threes and was a plus-four for the game. The Heat will likely extend Johnson's minutes over the next few games, though it's unclear how significant of a role he'll take on in one of the deeper rotations in the East.... See More ... See Less
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