Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson out with strained left shoulder

 

 

 

Miami Tyler Johnson strained his left shoulder during Thursday's game against the Dallas Mavericks and will not play tonight against the Bucks.  (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS)

Miami Tyler Johnson strained his left shoulder during Thursday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks and will not play tonight against the Bucks. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS)

MIAMI – Tyler Johnson’s problematic left shoulder has become an issue once again.

The Heat guard will miss tonight’s game against the Bucks with a strained left shoulder. Although he is listed as day-to-day, the shoulder has caused Johnson to miss several games throughout his career.

Johnson was injured during the Heat’s 99-95 victory over the Mavericks on Thursday, in which he scored 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson is not sure when the injury occurred.

“I could see it bothering him in the fourth quarter and then after the game he was doing a lot of treatment, (Friday) all day treatment it just didn’t get much better,” Spoelstra said.

“He went through shoot around today it did not get better so he’s not going to play.”

Johnson has not had an MRI yet, according to Spoelstra, who added, “we just went through a bunch of examinations here.”

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Johnson has had a history of shoulder problems dating back to his college days at Fresno State.

Last season he missed eight games in December with a strained left shoulder and then 36 games from late January into the playoffs, after having rotator cuff surgery.

Johnson returned for the final game of the Heat’s opening round victory over Charlotte and then played in four of the seven games against Toronto.

Johnson has missed three games this season because of illness and dental surgery. He is third on the team in scoring averaging 14.2 points despite coming off the bench for all 40 games he has played.

The Heat, who are also without Chris Bosh (blood clots), Justise Winslow (shoulder surgery), Josh McRoberts (foot) and Josh Richardson (foot), will have lost an NBA-high 182 games to injuries after tonight.

Miami already has received an exemption to add a 16th player to the roster under the league’s hardship exception and if Johnson misses three games and then it is determined he cannot play for another two weeks, Miami could add another player.

Forward Okaro White was signed to a 10-day contract Tuesday and guard Briante Weber likely would be next in line if the Heat need to bring up a guard.

 

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