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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
Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.: Questionable Friday vs. Pacers
Jones (illness) is questionable Friday against the Pacers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Jones missed Wednesday's game against the Nets while dealing with the stomach flu, and he's still affected by the illness. There's a possibility he takes the floor Friday. More information should arrive following morning shootaround.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Sitting out vs. Indiana
Wade (personal) will remain out for Friday's game against Indiana, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
As anticipated, Wade will remain out for a seventh straight game following the birth of his child. Wade hasn't specified when he'll rejoin the team, but Sunday's home matchup against LeBron James and the Lakers looks like a strong possibility.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Doubles-doubles in win
Whiteside recorded 14 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocks and two assists across 21 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Nets.
Although he was in foul trouble during the first half and the Heat were up big on the Nets, Whiteside was still able to produce a double-double -- his 10th of the season. Whiteside is having an impressive season, scoring 13.9 points, grabbing 15.2 rebounds -- good for second in the league behind Andre Drummond -- and leading the league with 3.3 blocks per game. So long as he can stay out of foul trouble and remain engaged, Whiteside is one of the most consistent big men in the NBA for fantasy purposes.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Scores season-high 24 points
Johnson totaled 24 points (9-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 30 minutes Wednesday against the Nets.
Johnson led the team in scoring, getting over twenty points for the first time this season. The fifth-year guard has really struggled shooting the ball this year, making just 42.3 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from three and 64.3 percent from the charity stripe on the year. While Johnson isn't a phenomenal fantasy asset, in the past he has been able to provide modest value in deeper leagues with his combination of shooting and playmaking. If his shot can bounce back he may be worth a look in that role as he is currently averaging 10.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.2 threes and 1.1 steals per game.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Goran Dragic: Puts up 21 points in win
Dragic contributed 21 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), four assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes Wednesday versus Brooklyn.
Dragic's contributions were right in line with his season averages of 16.7 points, 4.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds. The veteran point guard has struggled shooting the ball all season, making just 40.6 percent of his shots from the field, nearly a five percent decrease from a year ago. Going forward, look for Dragic's value to rise as he finds his shot, although he only provides a modest ceiling fantasy-wise at this point in his career.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.: Out Wednesday
Jones is sick and will not play in Wednesday's game against Brooklyn, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Jones missed Wednesday's shootaround earlier in the day, but was considered questionable until ultimately being ruled out closer to game time. Wayne Ellington and Duncan Robinson could be in line for more minutes Wednesday, and could see expanded roles if Jones is forced to miss any more time.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Derrick Jones Jr.: Sick, not at shootaround Wednesday
Jones has an illness and did not attend Wednesday morning's shootaround, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
It's possible Jones feels better by tipoff. But he should be tentatively considered questionable for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Goran Dragic: Scores team-high 22 in loss to Sixers
Dragic scored 22 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT) while adding five assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block in 29 minutes during Monday's 124-114 loss to the 76ers.
After getting held to zero points by the Wizards on Saturday, Dragic bounced back with his sixth 20-plus point performance of the season. Minor injuries have already cost the veteran point guard three starts in 13 games for Miami, but that's nothing new -- he hasn't played 80 games in a season since he was a fresh-faced Sun in 2009-10.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Double-double in loss to Sixers
Whiteside scored 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and a block in 22 minutes during Monday's 124-114 loss to the 76ers.
While the 29-year-old center did deliver his fourth straight double-double and ninth of the season, Whiteside was dominated down low by Joel Embiid, forcing Miami to go with a smaller lineup in an effort to keep up. Despite his occasionally limited court time due to game flow, Whiteside's still averaging a career-high 15.2 boards per contest, and his 3,3 blocks per game has him atop the entire NBA.... See More ... See Less
Heat's James Johnson: Focusing on getting in shape
Johnson (hernia) said he's waiting until he reaches certain physical benchmarks before returning to game action, the Miami Herald reports. "I want to be in the best shape, and it requires a lot," said Johnson. "I'm just happy I have a GM, head coach and training staff that push me to get there and see the best in my abilities when I am at that weight."
Johnson underwent surgery back in May to address a sports hernia, and he's yet to return to any game action, despite the fact that he's been practicing with the team for nearly a month. The veteran told reporters that he's waiting until he reaches a certain weight and body fat percentage before he gets back on the floor, which is standard protocol within the Heat organization. "When I come back, I'm not trying to be on a minutes restriction," Johnson said. "I feel like I'm getting all the way healthy. So when I'm able to play, I want to play."... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Officially out Monday
Wade (personal) will not play Monday against Philadelphia.
As expected, Wade will remain away from the team for a fourth straight game following the birth of his child last week. Wade implied that he'll likely remain out through the end of the week, so he's in line to sit out at least two more contests before a potential return Sunday against the Lakers.... See More ... See Less
Heat's James Johnson: Remains without timetable
Johnson (hernia) will not play Monday against Philadelphia and remains without a firm timetable.
Johnson continues to work back from a sports hernia that's shelved him since the preseason, and the team hasn't provided much in the way of a detailed update in several weeks. His status is being updated on a game-to-game basis, but at this point it's very much unclear how close he may be to returning to game action.... See More ... See Less