WASHINGTON — The bad news for the Heat is that Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington will not play against the Wizards on Saturday night. The good news for the Heat is that Winslow and Ellington are both making progress toward a return.
Winslow will miss his third consecutive game with a sprained left wrist, but said after Saturday’s shootaround session held at Georgetown University that he’s feeling “less pain for sure.” Winslow still feels the effects of the injury when he eats and even drives, though.
“It’s getting better. But I’m not doing anything. I’m not taking any chances with it,” Winslow said. “I haven’t done anything with my left hand for a couple days now.”
The 20-year-old sprained the wrist early in the season and played through the pain. But the decision was made Tuesday for Winslow to shut it down and get it right after shooting 33.1 percent to start the season.
Meanwhile, Ellington participated in “parts of shootaround” on Saturday for the first time since suffering a right thigh contusion in Miami’s final preseason game on Oct. 21.
“It felt great actually,” Ellington said of taking part in portions of shootaround. “It got me excited just to get back out there running around with my teammates and go through some of shootaround and just kind of be back on the floor. I’m excited, man. I’m making some serious progress.”
Ellington is hopeful he’ll be able to make his regular-season debut on the Heat’s current four-game trip, which spans seven days. But he’s still waiting to start sprinting again.
“I haven’t been on my leg and running like that for some time, so I’m still trying to gain the strength back,” Ellington said. “It’s still a little bit of a feeling in my leg there where it happened at. But it’s something that you got to kind of play through and run through and get the blood flowing and hopefully it will get out of there.”