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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
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Could miss another week
Wade (personal) may be away from the team for at least another week, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Wade told reporters that he wants to stay home with his newborn child for another week, meaning he'd likely be unavailable at least until Nov. 18 against the Lakers. More news on the status of his return should come to light in the near future. The Heat will continue to be thin in the frontcourt until Wade rejoins the squad.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Rodney McGruder: Scores career-high 22 points in Saturday's loss
McGruder collected 22 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), two rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 27 minutes during Saturday's 116-110 loss to the Wizards.
McGruder poured in a career high scoring total while contributing in every category except blocks. The fact that McGruder saw less than 30 minutes for the first time all season did not prevent him from making an impact, and it feels safe to say he is carving out a reliable role on a team with playoff aspirations.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Josh Richardson: Scores 24 points in Saturday's loss
Richardson recorded 24 points (8-14 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 116-110 loss to the Wizards.
Richardson's scalding start to the 2018-19 season continues, and fantasy owners who were hoping that he would remain in Miami can breathe a sigh of relief in the aftermath of the 76ers acquiring Jimmy Butler. Coincidentally, Richardson and company will play host to the 76ers on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Goran Dragic: Scoreless in Saturday's loss
Dragic finished with zero points (0-7 FG), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 21 minutes during Saturday's 116-110 loss to the Wizards.
Dragic couldn't throw a rock in the ocean and committed as many turnovers as assists. Having missed two of the last three games with a knee injury, it's possible the ailment is still bothering him. He'll now have a day of rest before Monday's matchup with the 76ers.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Wayne Ellington: Scores 16 points in Saturday's loss
Ellington totaled 16 points (4-12 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Saturday's 116-110 loss to the Wizards.
Ellington returned to a reserve role with Goran Dragic (knee) rejoining the rotation. However, Dragic went scoreless (0-7 FG), which led to coach Erik Spoelstra turning to his bench, in particular Ellington and Tyler Johnson, who earned 34 minutes in this one. Ellington is a reliable source of three-point shooting, but he's best reserved for use in deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Wayne Ellington: Coming off bench Saturday
Ellington will come off the bench Saturday against the Wizards, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
With Goran Dragic (knee) back in the starting five, Ellington will get pushed back to the pine. He's averaging 11.5 points in 30.5 minutes across the past two games.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Goran Dragic: Will play Friday
Dragic (knee) will start at point guard for Saturday's contest against the 76ers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Dragic has missed three of the previous four games and was considered questionable heading into the contest. Dwyane Wade (personal) will be sidelined again, so the Heat would have been really limited at point guard if he was unable to go. Barring any setbacks, look for the veteran to take on his usual workload.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Dwyane Wade: Out again Saturday
Wade (personal) will remain sidelined for Saturday's matchup with the Wizards, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Wade's absence will mark his third straight game. Even if Goran Dragic (knee) does play, he is questionable, the Heat figure to be again thin in the backcourt. Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington should again see a relatively heavy workload. Wade's next chance to return will be Monday against the 76ers.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Goran Dragic: Questionable Saturday
Dragic (knee) is questionable Saturday against the Wizards, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Dragic has missed three out of the past four games, prompting Josh Richardson to take on more point guard duties. If Dragic ends up being available, he'll presumably re-join the starting five.... See More ... See Less
Heat's Tyler Johnson: Scores 15 points in Friday's loss
Johnson supplied 15 points (5-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five assists, two rebounds, and one block in 33 minutes during Friday's 110-102 loss to the Pacers.
Johnson has combined to play 65 minutes over the last two games while Goran Dragic (knee) and Dwyane Wade (personal) have been sidelined, including a season high minute total in this one. With Dragic hoping to play Saturday versus the Wizards, Johnson could be in line to see his usual allotment of minutes (in the mid-20s). However, the reserve guard has at least picked up his play of late after a dreadful first three games of the campaign.... See More ... See Less