Heat center Willie Reed hopes to ‘be back very soon’ after suffering hyper-extended right knee

Willie Reed #35 and Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat high five during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Willie Reed #35 and Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat high five during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Willie Reed hopes he can return to the court soon.

The Heat’s reserve center left Saturday’s win over the Wizards with 10:09 remaining in the second quarter due to a hyper-extended right knee and did not return. Coach Erik Spoelstra said after the victory that Reed is day-to-day with the injury.

“I went up to try to block a dude’s shot at the end of the shot clock and I just landed wrong,” Reed said after Saturday’s game. “Initially it was very painful, but by the time I got back here I felt better about it.”

Reed said he’s gone down with a hyper-extended knee before, but it only forced him to miss a “couple days.”

The 26-year-old Reed has served as Hassan Whiteside’s primary backup for most of the season. Reed is averaging four points and 2.9 rebounds in 10 games this season.

If Reed is forced to miss time, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem can be used as Miami’s backup center. The Heat continue their four-game road trip with a matchup against the 76ers on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.

“I’m going to keep getting treatment and hopefully I’ll be back very soon,” Reed said.

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