Rodney McGruder says he’s ‘ready to go’ vs. Cavaliers despite sprained ankle

Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

CLEVELAND — After Rodney McGruder went through Friday’s shootaround, Heat coaches asked him how his injured ankle felt.

“He said he was playing,” Erik Spoelstra said.

It was that simple for McGruder, who was listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Cavaliers after spraining his left ankle in Wednesday’s loss to the Hawks. But McGruder ruled himself ready to play.

“I’m ready to go,” McGruder said after Friday’s shootaround. “You live to play this game. You get to play against the NBA champs. You can’t ask for more, so I look forward to a fun game.”

McGruder said his left ankle is “a little sore, but it’s nothing excruciating.” He added that he was able to run at full speed during Friday’s shootaround.

“It’s a little sore, but it feels 10 times better than it did the other night,” McGruder said of his ankle. “But that’s expected. “Not everybody is 100 percent right now, so just go out there and play.”

With McGruder expected to play Friday against the Cavaliers, the Heat will have nine players available. He also gives Miami another body to throw at Cleveland small forward LeBron James.

“I was never concerned [that I wouldn’t play],” McGruder said. “I told these guys that I look forward to Friday.”

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