Miami Heat sixth man Tyler Johnson to miss another game with strained left shoulder

MIAMI — Tyler Johnson’s left shoulder will force him to miss another game.

The Heat’s sixth man will not play in Monday’s game against the Warriors as he continues to recover from a strained left shoulder. It marks the second consecutive game Johnson has missed with the injury.

“We’ll continue to evaluate him every day,” coach Erik Spoelstra said after Miami’s shootaround session Monday morning. “It’s a little bit better than yesterday, not good enough to play.”

The Miami Heat's Tyler Johnson drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 127-100. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 127-100. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Johnson has not had an MRI yet on his left shoulder with the team waiting to see how the injury progresses. He will be examined by a doctor Monday night to determine the next step and whether he will travel with the team for the upcoming two-game road trip.

Johnson missed eight games last season in December 2015 with a strained left shoulder, and then went on to miss the final 35 games of the 2015-16 regular season due to rotator cuff surgery on that left shoulder before he returned for the playoffs.

But Johnson said Sunday that his latest left shoulder injury has not produced the same pain as his previous injuries. The Heat are hopeful Johnson will not have to miss an extended stretch of games this time around.

However, if Johnson does miss a few weeks due to the injury, the Heat could apply for an additional roster spot.

With Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Josh McRoberts and Chris Bosh out, the Heat were granted an additional roster spot on top of the NBA’s standard 15-player limit under the NBA’s hardship rule. Miami used that 16th roster spot to sign forward Okaro White to a 10-day contract last week.

If Johnson misses one more game on top of the two he’s already missed and it is determined that he can’t play for at least two additional weeks, the Heat would be eligible to add a 17th player to the roster. Bringing up point guard Briante Weber from the Sioux Falls Skyforce — Miami’s D-League affiliate — would make sense in this case, as Johnson is considered to be Miami’s backup point guard.

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