LOS ANGELES – Not much has changed on the Miami Heat injury report for Friday’s game at the Lakers.
Hassan Whiteside (hip) and Dwyane Wade (hamstring) continue to be listed as out and Josh Richardson, who missed his first game of the season Wednesday in Sacramento with a sore left foot, is doubtful.
As always, that report could change Friday depending on how the players respond to treatment and if any of them are able to participate in the morning shootaround.
Whiteside has missed three games since suffering a left hip flexor during shootaround before Saturday’s home game against the Wizards. And he has been missed, especially in the last two losses – Monday at Portland and against the Kings. Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic scored 27 points and the Kings had 58 points in the paint, 14 above their average. Bam Adebayo has started all three games at center in Whiteside’s absence.
Wade sat the last two after suffering a mild left hamstring strain late in Saturday’s game. The Heat especially missed Wade late in Wednesday’s close loss as they were held without a field goal after Wayne Ellington’s three gave them a four-point lead with 1:23 remaining. The Kings tied the game on a buzzer beater by De’Aaron Fox and won in overtime, 123-119.
Richardson’s injury was revealed hours before the Sacramento game. He, too, was injured against Washington and tried to play through the soreness at Portland but logged just 16 minutes.
Richardson was the only Heat player to have played and started every game before Wednesday.
Luke Babbitt took Richardson’s spot in the starting lineup against the Kings. Babbitt missed all three of his shots and went scoreless in 14 minutes.
The Heat (36-33) face the Lakers (31-37) in the third and final game of this road trip. The Heat are eighth in the East, one/half game behind No. 7 Milwaukee. Miami has lost nine consecutive road games.