Heat call on Derrick Jones Jr. for reinforcement with Kelly Olynyk, Wayne Ellington ailing

Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk holds his shoulder during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI — As if facing the potent Rockets wasn’t enough, the Heat will be without some key players Wednesday.

Kelly Olynyk (strained left shoulder) and Wayne Ellington (right shoulder) will not play against Houston. There is some good news for Miami, though, as Justise Winslow is available despite a stomach illness.

It marks the first game Olynyk has missed this season.

Olynyk suffered the injury during the first quarter of Monday’s 111-109 loss to the Magic when he collided with Bismack Biyombo as the Orlando center was setting a screen. The Heat big man left the court grabbing his shoulder and never returned after playing just 6:41.

An X-ray taken Monday night was negative and no MRI is scheduled. Olynyk started treatment Tuesday and will be day-to-day.

Ellington also injured his shoulder trying to get through a screen during Monday’s loss to the Magic, but played through it and finished with five points while shooting 0-of-9 from the field in 29 minutes.

“It’s something that happened last game, something I’m playing through,” Ellington said in advance of Wednesday’s game against the Rockets. “It’s one of those things that when your adrenaline is pumping, you’re alright and when you get home that night you’re like, ‘Yo, OK.’ You feel it a little bit. But like I said, I consider myself a warrior. I do what I have to do.”

The Heat called on wing Derrick Jones Jr. from their G League developmental affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, for reinforcement Wednesday. Jones arrives to the Heat with just seven NBA days remaining from the annual 45-day limit on his two-way contract.

Jones, 20, is averaging 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 15 games with the Heat this season. While with the Skyforce, he scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in a loss to the Iowa Wolves on Jan. 29.

“Look, we love our development program in Sioux Falls for that reason because there’s nothing else to do but focus on basketball,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “C’mon, when you get the call and they say, ‘Meet us in Miami.’ You’re on that next flight. There’s no hesitation.”

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