BROOKLYN – The Miami Heat departed South Florida following Monday’s victory over Golden State with 11 players as Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson remained home to continue treatment.
Johnson’s strained left shoulder has improved, coach Erik Spoelstra said Monday, but it’s not good enough to play just yet. Johnson has missed two games since suffering the injury Thursday against Dallas.
Richardson continues to wear a walking boot on his sprained left foot. He has missed nine games with the injury.
The Heat (15-40) face the Nets on Wednesday at the Barclays center, going from the team with the best record in the league on Monday to the one with the worst. Brooklyn is 9-35.
Miami also is without Justise Winslow (shoulder) and Josh McRoberts (foot) along with Chris Bosh (blood clots) who has not been with the team all season. All three are expected to miss the remainder of the season.
The Heat have lost an NBA high 187 games to injuries and illness.
With Johnson missing his third game, the Heat could receive another exemption to add a player to the roster. Miami was allowed to add a 16th player under the league’s hardship exception because of Richardson’s injury. Now, if it is determined that Johnson cannot play for another two weeks, Miami could add another player.
Forward Okaro White was signed from Sioux Falls to a 10-day contract a week ago. Guard Briante Weber likely would be next in line if the Heat need to bring up a guard. Weber, who is averaging 15.8 points in 26 games for Sioux Falls, is the top-rated prospect in the D-League.