Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow won’t travel with Miami Heat for three-game road trip due to injuries

Miami Heat's Justise Winslow, right, shoots over Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow, right, shoots over Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow will not play during the Heat’s upcoming three-game road trip.

In fact, Waiters (strained right groin) and Winslow (sore left wrist) weren’t even on the team’s Tuesday morning flight to Denver. The Heat announced Tuesday morning that Waiters and Winslow will not travel with the team on their three-game trip, and will stay in Miami for treatment. Continue reading “Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow won’t travel with Miami Heat for three-game road trip due to injuries”

Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 112-104 loss to the Boston Celtics

Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat drives on Tyler Zeller #44 of the Boston Celtics during a game at American Airlines Arena on November 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat drives on Tyler Zeller #44 of the Boston Celtics during a game at American Airlines Arena on November 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI — The day began with Erik Spoelstra listing the names on a long Heat injury report after shootaround.

And Monday didn’t get much better for the Heat, as the day ended with Boston (10-7) defeating Miami 112-104 at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat will leave for their three-game road trip with a 5-12 record. Continue reading “Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 112-104 loss to the Boston Celtics”

Heat will be without Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington, Willie Reed vs. Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Heat will have no more than 11 players available for Wednesday’s matchup against the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

That’s nothing new for Miami, which started the season in this predicament. Continue reading “Heat will be without Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington, Willie Reed vs. Pistons”

Heat center Willie Reed hopes to ‘be back very soon’ after suffering hyper-extended right knee

Willie Reed #35 and Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat high five during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Willie Reed #35 and Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat high five during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Willie Reed hopes he can return to the court soon.

The Heat’s reserve center left Saturday’s win over the Wizards with 10:09 remaining in the second quarter due to a hyper-extended right knee and did not return. Coach Erik Spoelstra said after the victory that Reed is day-to-day with the injury. Continue reading “Heat center Willie Reed hopes to ‘be back very soon’ after suffering hyper-extended right knee”

Heat’s Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington out vs. Wizards, but making progress

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, and forward Justise Winslow, center, watch from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Miami. Winslow has a sprained wrist. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, and forward Justise Winslow, center, watch from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Miami. Winslow has a sprained wrist. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

WASHINGTON — The bad news for the Heat is that Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington will not play against the Wizards on Saturday night. The good news for the Heat is that Winslow and Ellington are both making progress toward a return. Continue reading “Heat’s Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington out vs. Wizards, but making progress”

Heat injury update: Report says Josh Richardson cleared to play, Josh McRoberts says he’s ready

 

 

Heat forward Josh McRoberts says he's ready to return. (Getty Images)
Heat forward Josh McRoberts says he’s ready to return. (Getty Images)

TORONTO – Another day means another day closer to guard Josh Richardson and forward Josh McRoberts returning for the Miami Heat.

And some believe this actually will be the day we see at least one make his season debut.

The Vertical is reporting that Richardson has been cleared to play against the Raptors tonight. Both players participated in full-contact practice Thursday and went through today’s shoot-around and both believe they are ready.

“I just know I feel pretty good,” said Richardson, who partially tore the MCL in his right knee eight weeks ago.

The combo guard then was asked if he was 100 percent.

“I’m up there,” he said. “Getting close.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra continues to stay on script and will not tip his hand. He continues to say the Heat are trying to get them “1 percent better each workout, each day.”

Spoelstra was specifically asked about Richardson following today’s shoot-around.

“He was good,” he said. “He was able to go through everything today so that’s a good sign. … Keep on working. Making sure he’s getting stronger, getting better condition and not feeling a thing.”

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McRoberts, who has been recovering from a stress reaction that was a result of a broken left foot he suffered in the playoffs last spring against Toronto, was more definitive about his availability when asked if could play tonight.

“I think so,” he said. “I always think I’m ready. We’ll see. I always want to be out there. I’ve been ready at this point. I still haven’t talked to (Spoelstra) about tonight or Monday. We’ll see.”

The Heat conclude the two-game trip Monday in Oklahoma City.

Their return will alter Spoelstra’s nine-man rotation and possibly his starting lineup.

“Welcome to the NBA,” Spoelstra said when asked about dealing with, and adjusting to, injuries. “It’s not frustration. It’s not my first year coaching. I don’t think I ever had a year where rotation and your top eight or nine are set in stone from Day 1. That’s why you try to build versatility, build depth.”

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Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (right thigh contusion) still not ready to return to practice

Miami Heat Wayne Ellington (2) looks for help from the defense of Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Miami Heat Wayne Ellington (2) looks for help from the defense of Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

MIAMI — As Heat players got ready to leave AmericanAirlines Arena after Friday’s home opener, Wayne Ellington limped over to his locker to gather his stuff.

The 28-year-old guard is still recovering from a right thigh contusion he suffered in the Heat’s final preseason game on Oct. 21. Ellington has missed the first two games of the season and will not play Sunday against the Spurs. Continue reading “Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (right thigh contusion) still not ready to return to practice”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his team was like ‘a bunch of 7th graders’ trying to keep their attention

 

 

The Miami Heat are anxious to start the 2016-17 season, (AP Photo)
The Miami Heat are anxious to start the 2016-17 season, (AP Photo)

MIAMI – The excitement was in the air at the Miami Heat practice today.

“Everybody’s excited,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Today it felt like a gym full of 7th graders trying to keep their attention. Everybody just wants the game to be here. It was good positive anxious energy in the gym. I think a lot of the guys kind of wish we were playing tonight.”

While the NBA season tips off tonight, the Heat have to wait 24 hours before we see this new look team in Orlando (7 p.m.).

And with seven new plays, three new starters and the loss of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat have undergone a major overhaul.

“There’s a (unknown) with this group,” Spoelstra said. “It makes it fun. Every year you don’t know what to expect. But all things considered a lot of change this summer. We do feel good about the foundational pieces we have here. We feel good about the group we were able to add. We think they fit our personality. Also in the last month we like the way our group has come together.”

Spoelstra will not reveal his starting lineup until Wednesday but this much is sure, guard Goran Dragic, forward Justise Winslow and center Hassan Whiteside will be among the first five. Either Derrick Williams or Luke Babbitt likely will start at power forward and Dion Waiters appears to be the starter at shooting guard.

As for the rotation, Spoelstra said he will probably play nine. He will have just 11 heathy players with Josh Richardson (knee), Josh McRoberts (foot) and Wayne Ellington (thigh) out.

“It is fluid,” Spoelstra said about the lineup. “Is it going to change every game? I don’t expect that and I don’t want that. I’m open to what will happen with this team. I don’t have all the answers right now and that’s okay. We’re going to be a team that evolves and gets better each month. How we look tomorrow night we’ll hopefully look different in January and February and March.”

Spoelstra touched on the minutes he expects his two anchors, Whiteside and Dragic, to play. He’s looking to increase Whiteside, 27 to 34 to 36 minutes up from 29 a year ago and keep Dragic, 30, in the low 30s.

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Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside to rejoin team in Charlotte but may not play

 

 

Center Hassan Whiteside is expected to rejoin the Heat on Thursday in Charlotte. But he may not play in game. (Getty Images)
Heat center Hassan Whiteside continues to spend time with his family after the death of his great grandmother.  (Getty Images)

MIAMI – The Miami Heat expect center Hassan Whiteside to rejoin the team Thursday in Charlotte but coach Erik Spoelstra is not sure if the big man will play in the next-to-last preseason game.

Whiteside missed Tuesday’s 107-77 victory over Orlando to be with his family after the death of his great grandmother. Whiteside is from Gastonia, N.C., and his family still lives in North Carolina.

The Heat are also expecting to be without forward James Johnson, who injured his foot during the second quarter Tuesday. Johnson was limited during practice today.

“He didn’t go today,” said Spoelstra, who characterized the injury as a tweaked ankle. “Mostly on the side. Walked through some things.”

Johnson said the injury has been persistent and he decided to be cautious.

“It was just an aggravating thing that’s been happening,” he said. “I’ve been getting treatment and stuff like that but it’s been bothering me and just taking a precautionary (approach).”

Spoelstra said Johnson is day to day, as is Justise Winslow and Luke Babbitt, although they both could return against Charlotte.

Winslow sat out Tuesday with a sore back and Babbitt has missed the last three games with a groin injury.

Both were on the court today shooting and waking through practice.

Spoelstra said he will not treat the final two preseason games much differently than he has the first six. Although in the only other set of back-to-back games during the preseason, Spoelstra sat several members of the rotation Saturday in Louisville following Friday’s game in San Antonio.

“We’ll try to continue to do what we’ve been doing, working our habits looking at guys, evaluating, trying to get better with our system,” Spoelstra said. “I don’t know exactly who will be available each game. I’ll make it work.”

Miami concludes the preseason with a home game against Philadelphia on Friday.

The season starts Wednesday in Orlando.

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