Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Rodney McGruder (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Cleveland.

The Heat will only have eight available players if McGruder sits, but he already vowed to play Friday. He's played 31 or more minutes in four straight games, but he's just a low-end punt in DFS until the Heat get some bodies back.
Dec 8 - 2:00 PM

Luke Babbitt (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) were already ruled out, meaning Josh McRoberts will once again get the bulk of the PF minutes on Friday.
Dec 8 - 1:56 PM

Wayne Ellington had another impressive game for the short-handed Heat on Wednesday, pitching in 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four 3-pointers, three boards, two assists and zero turnovers in 41 minutes.

The Heat are struggling after losing Dwyane Wade to free agency and Chris Bosh to injury, and it doesn't help that more recent injuries have ravaged their lineup. Tonight's loss moves their season record to 7-15, which has them at No. 13 in the Eastern Conference. Ellington has been a welcome addition to the roster, and for fantasy purposes he should remain a viable option until Josh Richardson (ankle), Dion Waiters (groin) and Justise Winslow (wrist) return.
Dec 7 - 10:54 PM

Tyler Johnson gave Miami a huge lift with a career-high 27 points (8-of-16 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), five assists, four 3-pointers, two rebounds, one steal and one block on Wednesday.

Johnson played 35 minute without a single turnover, helping Miami cut into a daunting deficit, but his efforts weren't enough to earn a road win in Atlanta. He continues to see extra opportunities with Josh Richardson (ankle) and Dion Waiters (groin) on the sidelines. Both guys are loosely targeting a return in mid-December, so feel free to keep TJ locked into active lineups.
Dec 7 - 10:52 PM

Josh McRoberts had a typically quiet line on Wednesday with two points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and five turnovers in 30 minutes.

James Johnson (shoulder), Justise Winslow (wrist) and Luke Babbitt (hip) were all out of commission tonight, all but guaranteeing McRoberts 30+ minutes as the starting PF. One glance at his season averages will convince you to leave him on the wire.
Dec 7 - 10:51 PM

Rodney McGruder (ankle) vowed to play in Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

McGruder injured his ankle in the second quarter, but he returned to start the second half. He said afterward that he's "fine" and will play Friday, but a player's self-assessment isn't always the most reliable. If he's ruled out, the already short-handed Heat will have to get very creative to field a competitive lineup.
Dec 7 - 10:39 PM

Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside will start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

The Heat will have their version of the Nasty Nine with Derrick Williams, Udonis Haslem, Tyler Johnson and Willie Reed available off the bench. Dragic did have a minor shoulder injury, but he said he's fine and should see minutes in the upper 30s tonight.
Dec 7 - 6:36 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) is reportedly more likely to attempt an NBA comeback next season, rather than this year.

The Heat want to ensure that Bosh's salary is completely removed from the books, so it's in Miami's best interest to delay waiving Bosh until February 9 to guarantee that he won't be able to play 25 games this year. In other words, Bosh won't be playing in any meaningful capacity this season, so he can be left on waiver wires everywhere.
Dec 7 - 1:31 PM

Luke Babbitt (strained right hip flexor) will not play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

Miami will again be without Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist), so Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside should again dominate the offensive possessions with Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington also seeing some increased opportunity. Babbitt is not traveling with the team, so he'll miss Friday and Saturday's game as well.

Goran Dragic (shoulder stinger) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

Dragic suffered a "shoulder stinger" during Tuesday's loss to the Knicks, but with Miami dealing with a massive amount of injuries, Dragic will fight through the pain. He dropped 29 points, seven dimes, four boards, two steals and four triples through 40 minutes of action on Tuesday night, and he'll again be heavily involved in Miami's attack tonight with the Heat banged up.
Dec 7 - 11:50 AM

Tyler Johnson played 36 minutes against the Knicks on Tuesday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one triple.

Since returning from a mouth injury on Nov. 30, Johnson has played 28, 30, 34 and now 36 minutes in his last four games, mainly because the Heat have been devastated by injuries. He's averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.8 triples in those four games and needs to be owned in standard leagues despite his recent shooting slump -- he's shooting 36.7 percent from the field in that span.
Dec 6 - 10:41 PM

Josh McRoberts scored seven points with season-highs in rebounds (nine) and assists (five) with one triple in 29 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

He's now played 24 or more minutes in three straight games with the Heat down to just nine healthy bodies. He was just 2-of-6 from the field Tuesday and is basically just a facilitator in Miami's offense, but he could have some nice short-term value in deeper leagues until the Heat get some bodies back.
Dec 6 - 10:31 PM

Goran Dragic feasted against the Knicks on Tuesday, dropping 29 points with seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and four triples.

He also turned the ball over five times, but made up for it by shooting 11-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. Dragic has been on fire since returning from his elbow injury, scoring 27 or more points in three out of his last five games. He's going to be a fantasy monster until reinforcements arrive.
Dec 6 - 10:26 PM

Wayne Ellington scored 14 points with three assists, two rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.

He made another start and played 33 minutes, but that wasn't a surprise with only nine players available. Ellington hit 5-of-14 shots (11 from deep) and didn't turn the ball over, and he should be able to help standard-league owners until the Heat get some bodies back -- Josh Richardson (wrist, ankle), Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist) and James Johnson (shoulder) are currently on the shelf.
Dec 6 - 10:21 PM

Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points with 14 rebounds in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.

The Heat had nine available players, so HW ended up with a career-high 20 field goal attempts in 38 minutes, connecting on 10 of them. He also added one assist, one steal and a few blocks, but his owners already knew that. He only hit 3-of-9 shots from the line and he's shooting 54.0 percent from there on the season, so that's the only thing holding him back from returning first-round value in standard leagues.
Dec 6 - 10:16 PM


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