CLEVELAND — The Heat brought just nine players on their three-game road trip due to injuries.
And with guard Rodney McGruder questionable for Friday’s game against the Cavaliers because of a sprained left ankle, the Heat could be down to eight healthy bodies. According to NBA rules, teams must dress at least eight players for every game.
If McGruder can’t play against Cleveland, would Erik Spoelstra call on any of the five injured players who stayed home in Miami to join the Heat on the trip?
“It all depends on how tomorrow goes,” Spoelstra said when asked the question after Wednesday’s loss to the Hawks. “I’m not sure based on today if any one of them is ready for that next step. But they’re putting in a lot of work. That’s twice a day, six and seven hours of work. So they’re putting in the time to try to be there for their brothers. When any one of them is ready for 10-12 minutes, we can use them. But that’s based on their progress and how their bodies are feeling.”
Luke Babbitt (hip flexor), James Johnson (rotator cuff strain), Josh Richardson (sprained ankle), Justise Winslow (sprained wrist) and Dion Waiters (torn groin muscle) did not travel with the team for the three-game trip.