Miami Heat once again getting closer to full strength

 

 

Guard Wayne Ellington could return from his strained hamstring Tuesday against the Thunder. (AP Photo)

Guard Wayne Ellington could return Tuesday against the Thunder after missing five games because of a strained hamstring. (AP Photo)

MIAMI – The Heat are getting closer to having their full squad available.

But haven’t we heard this before?

Rodney McGruder (ankle) and Wayne Ellington (hamstring) went through “virtually the entire practice” today and, according to coach Erik Spoelstra, are questionable for Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma City.

Spoelstra and the training staff just want to see how they feel following Tuesday’s shoot around.

McGruder has missed three games and Ellington has sat the last four. Ellington also missed the first 16 games of the season with a thigh bruise and was starting to find his groove when he strained his hamstring.

“The best test will be how he feels tomorrow,” Spoelstra said about Ellington. “He’s been building up, building up. Practice will give us a better indication.”

Ellington’s 20 games missed is second only to Chris Bosh, who has missed the entire season because of recurring blood clot issues.

Dion Waiters has missed 15 games since being diagnosed with a torn muscle in his groin. Waiters, who started sprinting during the last home stand, is doing more each day, according to Spoelstra.

“He’s on a good timeline,” Spoelstra said. “He’s doing more each day.”

The Heat have lost 123 games to injury and illness, including Bosh.

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