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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
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