MIAMI — The Heat were without three guards for the second consecutive game.
Wayne Ellington (strained right hamstring), Rodney McGruder (sprained left ankle) and Dion Waiters (groin) missed Thursday’s home game against the Lakers.
That left Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson as the only available Heat guards.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said he doesn’t expect Ellington and Waiters to travel with the Heat to New Orleans for Friday’s game against the Pelicans. Spoelstra didn’t rule out McGruder making the one-game trip, though.
McGruder has been limited to bike workouts and said he hasn’t attempted a jump shot on his injured ankle yet. But he added that his ankle “feels better for sure.”
Ellington has missed three games with his hamstring injury, McGruder has missed two games with his sprained ankle, and Waiters has missed 14 games with a torn pectineus muscle.
Hassan Whiteside and Udonis Haslem are 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 119 games due to injuries over the first 30 games of the season.