AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Goran Dragic is playing with a hole in his sneakers.
The sneakers aren’t defected. Instead, the Heat’s starting point guard is cutting a hole on the left side of his left sneaker near his toes to alleviate the pressure from a painful foot injury he’s dealing with.
Sunday’s loss against the Celtics marked the first time Dragic has played with the cut sneaker, and it worked to reduce the pain.
“It’s good. I didn’t have any problems in our last game,” Dragic said Tuesday morning in advance of Miami’s game in Detroit. “It’s different because there’s no pressure on my toe.
“I didn’t have no trouble moving. It was not hurting me. It’s not a big deal at all.”
Dragic said the foot issue began because his sneaker was putting pressure on that side of his foot, causing some swelling. It hurts him to put on his left sock and shoe over the affected area.
Entering Tuesday’s game against the Pistons, Dragic is averaging 14.8 points on 33.8 percent shooting over his past four games. He scored 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting against the Celtics on Sunday while playing with the hole in his sneaker.
“Look, it’s painful when you put a shoe on,” he said. “But once it’s on, it’s good.”