MIAMI — Justise Winslow isn’t the only Heat player wearing a brace on his shooting wrist.
Josh Richardson has been playing with a sore right wrist for weeks. Richardson wears a brace similar to Winslow’s for support off the court, and plays with his wrist taped up.
“It’s just been real sore the last couple weeks,” Richardson said of his right wrist before Tuesday’s game against the Magic. “But I got to work through it.”
And Richardson has worked through it for most of the season. The Heat guard said he injured his wrist during the Heat’s 98-95 loss to the Bulls on Nov. 10.
Winslow tried to play through a sprained left wrist early in the season before missing 16 games with the injury. But Richardson doesn’t plan on missing time.
“Nah,” Richardson said when asked if he’s thought about sitting out to rest his right wrist. “If I can run then I’ll be alright.”
Richardson was in the Heat’s starting lineup for the second consecutive game Tuesday against the Magic.
Richardson made a league-best 53.3 percent of his shots from behind the 3-point line after the All-Star break as a rookie, but he has not been able to match that number in his second NBA season. He is shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 31.9 percent from three in 18 games this season.
While the 23-year-old won’t blame his shooting struggles on his sore right wrist, he doesn’t deny that it’s affecting his shot.
“It’s just new, trying to shoot with tape over it and stuff,” Richardson said. “But no excuses.”
Rodney McGruder out: The Heat had 11 players available against the Magic on Tuesday. Rodney McGruder missed the game with a sprained left ankle.
Wayne Ellington (strained right hamstring) and Dion Waiters (groin) also missed the contest.
Justise Winslow replaced McGruder in the starting lineup. It’s Winslow’s first start since Nov. 14, which was before he missed 16 games because of a wrist injury.
This isn’t a new injury, as McGruder originally sprained his left ankle during the Heat’s loss to the Hawks on Dec. 7. He played through it and didn’t miss any time.
McGruder re-aggravated the injury in Monday’s practice. Tuesday’s contest marks the first game he has missed due to an injury this season.
And McGruder hopes it will be the only game he misses.
“If it was up to me I’d be trying to (play),” McGruder said before Tuesday’s game.
Hassan Whiteside and Udonis Haslem are now the only Heat players who have not missed a game due to an injury this season. 13 Heat players (including Chris Bosh) have combined to miss 115 games due to injuries over the first 29 games of the season.