MIAMI — The Heat returned home to some good news.
Hassan Whiteside played Saturday against the Pistons after missing Friday’s win over the Bulls with a sprained right ankle.
But the news wasn’t all positive for the Heat. Tyler Johnson missed his fifth consecutive game Saturday with a strained left shoulder.
Before Saturday’s contest, coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson would go through his normal routine and called him “a game-time decision.” But the Heat determined that their sixth man wasn’t ready to return yet.
Johnson did not travel with the Heat for their two-game road trip, which included wins in Brooklyn and Chicago.
Whiteside suffered his injury during Monday’s win over the Warriors. The Heat’s $98 million center attempted to play through the pain in Wednesday’s win over the Nets, but he said the ankle got worse during the game as he struggled with just seven points and a season-low one rebound.
As far as Josh Richardson, he’s making progress in his recovery from a sprained left foot. The 23-year-old guard missed his 10th consecutive game with the injury Saturday, but Spoelstra said Richardson has “been able to do more” recently.
“I did some light stuff on the court today,” Richardson said before Saturday’s game. “It was fine so far. I’m just taking it day by day, though.”
Richardson said he went through shooting drills Friday and ball-handling drills Saturday. But he’s still wearing a walking boot on his left foot when he’s not on the basketball court.
14 Heat players (including Chris Bosh) have combined to miss 198 games due to injuries over the first 47 games of the season.
“They’re playing great,” Richardson said of the Heat’s six-game winning streak entering Saturday’s game. “I’m their biggest cheerleader, sending pictures to coach about team stuff, just watching all the games. I’m having fun with it since I can’t be out there.”