Heat guard Goran Dragic hoping to play Monday but still has not tested strained elbow

 

 

Heat guard Goran Dragic missed all but one of his seven shots while playing with a strained left elbow Wednesday in Detroit. He has not played since. (AP Photo)

Heat guard Goran Dragic missed all but one of his seven shots while playing with a strained left elbow Wednesday in Detroit. He has not played since. (AP Photo)

MIAMI – Heat point guard Goran Dragic said he is “hoping” to play Monday against Boston but he still has not done any basketball activities since playing last Wednesday at Detroit.

Dragic has missed the last two games with a strained left elbow. He said after the injury, which occurred Monday in Philadelphia, he could not extend the elbow when shooting, dribbling or passing.

On Saturday, before Miami’s 110-107 home loss to Memphis, Dragic had treatment but did not try to shoot.

“I didn’t do nothing with my left arm,” Dragic said after the game. “Didn’t shoot, just tried to rest it. Just cardio and stuff to stay in shape.

“They told me to calm it down.”

The Heat are off today and will have a shoot around Monday before hosting the Celtics.

Dragic scored six points and was 1-of-7 from the floor and had three turnovers in Detroit, the one game he did try to play through the injury.

Miami is 1-1 the last two games without Dragic both games against Memphis. Rookie Rodney McGruder has started in place of Dragic with Josh Richardson moving over to point guard. Richardson though gets help from Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson at the point.

The Heat entered Friday’s game averaging 19.6 assists. The last two games without Dragic they are averaging 18. Waiters has 10 assists and Richardson has nine in the last two games.

The Heat also have been without starting forward Justise Winslow for the last seven games because of a sore left wrist and backup center Willie Reed for the last four because of a hyperextended knee.

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