Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Mario Chalmers was a DNP on Friday against the Wizards.

The team said he was active, but they just gave Tyler Johnson all of Dwyane Wade's minutes instead of going with Chalmers at all. Mario has been passed on the depth chart by Johnson for now, but that might change.
Mar 7 - 12:24 AM

Hassan Whiteside was benched for the final 19:35 of Friday's loss to the Wizards, finishing with 10 points, two rebounds and one block in 20 minutes.

It's been a long time coming, but Whiteside finally had a bad game and this was not due to an injury or foul trouble. Coach Erik Spoelstra did say it was because of fatigue. "He was very good in the last game and he has an opportunity to get after it again tomorrow," Spoelstra added. Whiteside still has his fair share of problems as a player, but it's obviously going to take more than one bad game to say he's going to lose minutes. He'll be a must-start player against his former team, the Kings.
Mar 7 - 12:18 AM

Goran Dragic (back) will not return on Friday.

The Heat are razor thin with their depth right now. Dragic has been dealing with a back problem all week and it's likely an aggravation here. Dragic should be considered questionable to play against the Kings on Saturday. He finished with 18 points, five boards, seven assists and one 3-pointer. Shabazz Napier would benefit the most sans the Dragon while Mario Chalmers will also help out.
Mar 6 - 9:02 PM

Chris Andersen is active against the Wizards on Friday.

Udonis Haslem is starting at power forward, which indicates Andersen is going to play. He is only worth starting in deep leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:57 PM

Henry Walker will replace Luol Deng (thigh) in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Wizards.

Walker is capable of the occasional scoring outburst, and he'll have plenty of opportunity tonight with both Deng and Dwyane Wade (hip) on the shelf, so he's worth a look as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. James Ennis and Michael Beasley will see extended minutes off the bench.
Mar 6 - 6:56 PM

Mario Chalmers (knee) and Chris Andersen (body) are active for Friday.

The Heat are starting Tyler Johnson over Chalmers, which shows how much confidence they have in Johnson right now. Chalmers is still going to get a chance to play 24-30 minutes and is worth a look as a spot-starter in some leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:55 PM

Tyler Johnson (ankle) will start against the Wizards on Friday.

The Heat won't have Dwyane Wade tonight due to a hip injury and he could miss more time. Johnson did have a career-high 26 points on Monday and he's earned some playing time. He's worth a look in deep leagues.
Mar 6 - 6:51 PM

Luol Deng (thigh) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

Miami is going to be hurting for healthy bodies in this one with both Dwyane Wade (hip) and Deng out. Goran Dragic will likely run the show on offense, and if there were ever a time for Michael Beasley to step up as a scorer, this would be it. Henry Walker will step into the starting lineup, while James Ennis and Beasley will have the opportunity to pick up some extended minutes tonight. Both Walker and Beasley are worth a look in daily leagues.

Dwyane Wade (hip) will not play against the Wizards on Friday.

Wow. The Heat are in deep trouble with their depth. They will start Tyler Johnson and he could get some big minutes tonight. Goran Dragic is going to get his best chance to shine tonight and could have himself a big night. As for Wade, it's tough to tell how much time he's going to miss and he should be considered questionable for Saturday.
Mar 6 - 6:47 PM

Chris Andersen (illness, body soreness) is a game-time decision to play against the Wizards.

If he's out, we might see Michael Beasley in the starting lineup at power forward because Udonis Haslem would be the backup center. Henry Walker would also benefit without Andersen in the lineup.
Mar 6 - 5:54 PM

Tyler Johnson (ankle) and Chris Andersen (body soreness) are game-time decisions to play against the Wizards on Friday.

So the Heat are a little thin tonight. If Johnson, Chalmers and Andersen are all unable to play, their second unit would likely be Michael Beasley, James Ennis, Shabazz Napier and Henry Walker, who might start for Luol Deng (thigh). Beasley might also start because the Heat would need Udonis Haslem as a backup center. Walker is probably the most attractive player because coach Erik Spoelstra likes him out there to space the floor.
Mar 6 - 5:50 PM

Mario Chalmers (knee) is a game-time decision to play against the Wizards on Friday.

Chalmers saw his playing time dip to 22 minutes on Wednesday, but they would need him with Luol Deng (thigh) unlikely to play. If Chalmers doesn't play, Tyler Johnson would likely pick up most of those minutes while Shabazz Napier would get minutes in the teens behind Goran Dragic.
Mar 6 - 5:36 PM

Luol Deng (thigh) is doubtful to play against the Wizards on Friday.

The Heat are really in trouble here. Michael Beasley will get one more chance to show what he can do before his 10-day is up, but Henry Walker is the better bet for playing time. Plus, the Heat will have to give more minutes to Udonis Haslem with the Heat having an inability to play stretch fours because they're so thin. If you're feeling saucy, Walker could hit a bunch of treys tonight. Plus, Tyler Johnson may get more minutes in three-guard lineups, too.
Mar 6 - 5:33 PM

The Blazers tried to sign Ray Allen following the Wes Matthews (Achilles) injury.

In the Nick Young line of thinking, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. The Blazers are really going to be leaning on Arron Afflalo and hope he can extend his mid-range game to beyond the arc. Afflalo and Matthews have a similar skill set on offense, but Afflalo has struggled this season. For what it's worth, Afflalo was terrific around the rim in his previous four seasons at 65 percent, but he's dropped to 51 percent this season. His new teammates should help him. As for Allen, he is not going to play this year.
Mar 6 - 4:06 PM

Mario Chalmers is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

It's unclear exactly what ailment he's dealing with at the moment, but if he's unable to go, Shabazz Napier would see extended minutes off the bench. Tyler Johnson could also have some more opportunity for minutes in the rotation.
Mar 6 - 12:07 PM


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