Miami Heat injuries: Josh McRoberts out indefinitely with left foot injury

Josh McRoberts #4 of the Miami Heat posts up Jordan Clarkson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game at American Airlines Arena on December 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Josh McRoberts #4 of the Miami Heat posts up Jordan Clarkson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game at American Airlines Arena on December 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI — Another game, another injury.

That’s been the story of the Heat’s season.

Josh McRoberts and Goran Dragic are the latest additions to Miami’s list of injuries. McRoberts is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left foot and Dragic is questionable with lingering back spasms for Tuesday’s home game against the Thunder.

In addition, Dion Waiters will miss his 16th consecutive game with a torn Pectineus muscle in his groin.

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There is some good news for the Heat, though. Guards Wayne Ellington (strained right hamstring) and Rodney McGruder (sprained left ankle) will warm up with the intention to play Tuesday.

If Ellington and McGruder are available, it will help offset some of Miami’s injury issues. 13 Heat players (including Chris Bosh) have combined to miss 123 games due to injury and illness this season entering Tuesday’s game.

“Jeez,” Heat center Hassan Whiteside said of the Heat’s injury situation after Tuesday’s shootaround. “It does hit me. I see we got more guys out. … It’s unfortunate for the season. It’s unfortunate so far because I want the fans to see the whole team and they haven’t. It’s hard to base a team when you got guys coming in and out. You lose chemistry. Guys lose game rhythm. There’s a lot that goes into that, so it’s unfortunate for a lot of people and a lot of things.”

McRoberts’ injury is one that he dealt with earlier this season. He missed training camp, the preseason and the Heat’s first seven games of the regular season as he recovered from a stress reaction that stemmed from a broken left foot he suffered in the playoffs last season.

That injury has resurfaced and there is no timetable for his return, according to coach Erik Spoelstra.

Since McRoberts signed with the Heat in the summer of 2014, it’s been a struggle for him to stay healthy. He’s already missed 95 games due to various injuries — like a torn meniscus that forced him to miss most of the 2014-15 season — since joining Miami.

McRoberts has started as the Heat’s power forward in each of the past 14 games. He averaged 6.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent shooting from 3-point range to go with 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists during that stretch.

With McRoberts out, Spoelstra will have to decide on a new starting power forward. His options include Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Luke Babbitt and even 6-foot-7 Justise Winslow.

“We’ll play our versatility, which we already have been doing quite a bit,” Spoelstra said Tuesday when asked if the Heat could play more smaller lineups with McRoberts out. “[McRoberts] was getting us a little bit more of a conventional lineup to start. And then once we got into the rotation, we’ve been playing a lot of different lineups. So, we’ll continue to do that. Who we start? I don’t know tonight. And like I said before, it might not be in cement.”

McRoberts is due $5.8 million this season and his contract includes a player option worth $6 million for the 2017-18 season. If the Heat were to cut McRoberts this season, they automatically will be responsible for his entire 2017-18 season salary counting against their cap.

Meanwhile, Dragic is still dealing with back spasms that began in the first quarter of Friday’s loss to the Pelicans. While Dragic pulled off a Euro-step on a fast break, his back locked up.

“It’s still locked up. It’s sore,” Dragic said of his back. “I’m going to try to loosen it up. It’s still the same. But I’m still positive. They say it can get unlocked any time.”

The injury prevented Dragic from participating in the team’s practice Monday.

“Whatever guys are out there, I try to work with them and build some chemistry,” Whiteside said. “Once I start building chemistry with Dion, Dion goes down. Once I start building more chemistry with J-Mac, he goes down. It’s frustrating at times, but you got to be a professional about it and just come out here and try to play to the best of my ability.”

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