SAN ANTONIO — Goran Dragic traveled with the Heat for Monday’s game in San Antonio, but he’s still not ready to return to the court yet.
The Heat’s point guard is making progress in his recovery from a sprained left ankle, though. Dragic was out of his walking boot Monday after spending the past four days with it on, and swelling is down.
“I’m doing my exercises, treatment and today I did the bike for the first time. So it feels better,” Dragic said after shootaround Monday in advance of the Heat’s matchup against the Spurs.
But Dragic doesn’t feel good enough to play against San Antonio and is also expected to miss Tuesday’s home game against the Hawks on the second night of a back-to-back set. Miami then takes on Milwaukee at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday before leaving for a four-game road trip.
“We don’t know,” Dragic said when asked if there’s a timetable for his return. “It depends on how the ankle reacts. But it looks good, so I’m positive.”
Dragic, 30, was injured late in the third quarter of Thursday’s loss to the Bulls. Josh Richardson is starting in Dragic’s place.
Without Dragic on the court, the Heat have been outscored by 21 points this season. Dragic is averaging 16.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting to go with 3.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists this season.
Ellington still not ready to play: Shooting guard Wayne Ellington is getting closer to making his return from a right thigh contusion.
Ellington took part in a tiring shooting session after the shootaround Monday. He was injured in Miami’s final preseason game on Oct. 21 and has not played since.
“He’s doing more,” coach Erik Spoelstra said of Ellington on Monday. “He won’t be playing the next couple games at least. It will be a little bit of time before we even evaluate him. But he’s doing good.”