Miami Heat hopeful Goran Dragic can return tonight; Justise Winslow still out

 

Goran Dragic (ankle) could return for the Heat toight, but Justise Winslow (wrist) will miss his second game. (AP Photo)

Goran Dragic (ankle) could return for the Heat toight, but Justise Winslow (wrist) will miss his second game. (AP Photo)

MIAMI – Heat forward Justise Winslow will miss his second straight game tonight because of a sprained left wrist but point guard Goran Dragic appears ready to return after spraining his left ankle a week ago.

Dragic went through shoot around today in preparation for tonight’s home game against Milwaukee and coach Erik Spoelstra this morning said he “just got done winking at me,” before adding, “I don’t necessarily know how to translate that.”

The translation: At least Dragic believes he’s ready.

Spoelstra was going to meet with Dragic and trainer Jay Sabol this afternoon before a final decision is made.

Dragic missed the last three games after twisting his ankle with five minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Heat’s loss to the Bulls. The Heat have lost six in a row.

Josh Richardson has joined Dion Waiters in the starting backcourt in Dragic’s absence. Richardson is averaging 13 points and 3.3 assists and shooting 46.2 percent (18 of 39) in his three starts.

Dragic is second on the Heat with 16.3 points per game and leads the team with 5.9 assists per game. He’s one of the few perimeter players with a decent shooting percentage (45.2), especially on three pointers (48.3).

Winslow missed his first game of the season Tuesday against the Hawks. He sprained the wrist early in the season and has played through the pain. But the decision was made Tuesday for the struggling Winslow to shut it down and get it right. It appears he will miss at least a week.

“I could kind of play through it but. … I was just falling too much and landing on it and kind of tweaking it more,” Winslow said Tuesday. “I decided to get some rest and try to get as close to 100 percent.”

Rookie Rodney McGruder made his first career start against Atlanta in place of Winslow and scored eight points while adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

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