Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Goran Dragic scored just six points with two boards, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers during a 99-86 loss in Atlanta on Friday.

Miami turned the ball over 19 times and couldn't get into an offensive rhythm tonight. With Dwyane Wade (knee) not at 100 percent, Dragic could have more offensive responsibility headed his way. His fantasy owners should have more confidence in him going forward.
Mar 27 - 11:52 PM

Henry Walker scored 12 points with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

Udonis Haslem played 38 minutes on Wednesday and now Walker gets 40 minutes tonight. This is your 2014-15 Miami Heat right now. Walker has buried at least three 3-pointers in four of his last five, averaging 8.4 points, 4.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 treys in that span. He's worth a look in standard leagues, especially with Dwyane Wade dealing with a knee issue.
Mar 27 - 11:49 PM

Mario Chalmers scored 13 points against the Hawks on Friday with one rebound, five assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

Dwyane Wade is going to have his knee drained on Saturday, so he could miss some time. That would mean Chalmers would likely be thrust into the starting lineup for the Heat. He was a letdown in his last multiple-game stint as a starter, but maybe he'll have more success next to Goran Dragic. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
Mar 27 - 11:41 PM

Dwyane Wade said he will have his right knee drained on Saturday.

The Heat will host the Pistons on Sunday and Wade should be considered questionable for that game. If he does miss time, it will likely be Mario Chalmers getting the start with Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic also stepping up. Wade didn't play well on Friday with 13 points, no rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
Mar 27 - 10:25 PM

Mario Chalmers will return to the bench for Friday's game vs. the Hawks with Dwyane Wade back in action.

Chalmers is averaging 10.2 points, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game as a reserve, so his value takes a bit of a hit with the demotion to the second unit. He's not a great guy to play on such a busy Friday night.
Mar 27 - 6:44 PM

Dwyane Wade (knee) is in the starting lineup against the Hawks on Friday.

Apparently Wade really wants to play on 2 Chainz night in the ATL. He was not expected to play earlier today and skipped shootaround this morning. For what it's worth, Wade was in the starting lineup on Wednesday, but he didn't play in that game. Start him at your own risk in daily leagues.
Mar 27 - 6:40 PM

Chris Andersen (calf) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

With Hassan Whiteside (hand) and Andersen unavailable, Udonis Haslem will likely be forced into heavy minutes again tonight, and he's worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Henry Walker, Luol Deng, and Michael Beasley will all likely split minutes at the four-spot, with Deng offering the most upside out of that group.

Dwyane Wade (knee) is a game-time decision to face the Hawks on Friday.

Coach Erik Spoelstra hinted earlier today that Wade is a little closer to doubtful, so we're cautiously not expecting Wade to suit up tonight. If he is out, Mario Chalmers will likely slide into the starting lineup with Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson also stepping up.
Mar 27 - 6:09 PM

With Dwyane Wade (knee) not likely to play Friday vs. the Hawks, Mario Chalmers looks like he'll get another game with the starting unit.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hinted that he'll go with the same starting lineup from Wednesday which featured Goran Dragic, Mario Chalmers, Luol Deng, Henry Walker, and Udonis Haslem. Chalmers will see a boost in value as a starter, and he'll have a favorable matchup against the Hawks, so he's someone to consider in daily leagues.
Mar 27 - 12:46 PM

Updating a previous report, Erik Spoelstra said there is a slim chance that Chris Andersen (calf) is able to play Friday vs. Atlanta.

This runs contrary to Andersen's comments that he thought he'd be able to play tonight, so we'll be watching this story closely. If Birdman is unable to go, it will leave Udonis Haslem as the only healthy big on the roster, and he'll more than likely be forced into heavy minutes. Haslem double-doubled through 38 minutes of action during his last outing, so he'll be worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues if Andersen is forced to sit. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 11:57 AM

Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Whiteside's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for fantasy owners battling their way through the playoffs, and he could be looking at an extended absence, as he's currently unable to rebound, block shots, or catch a basketball. We'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable for Sunday's game vs. Detroit, and if he's again unable to go, it'll be Chris Andersen (calf) and Udonis Haslem picking up the slack for a Miami frontcourt that has been decimated by injuries. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 11:47 AM

Dwyane Wade (knee) did not go through shootaround, and he remains questionable for Friday's game vs. Atlanta.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra said that he doesn't expect Wade to play tonight, so we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable. If he is forced to sit, expect Goran Dragic and Luol Deng to see some increased opportunity on offense, with Mario Chalmers likely starting at the two-spot.
Mar 27 - 11:40 AM

Chris Andersen (calf) said that he will play Friday vs. the Hawks.

With Hassan Whiteside (hand) very unlikely to play tonight, the Heat could really use Andersen in the lineup. Birdman would have the opportunity to start if he is able to suit up, but with averages of just 8.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks with the starting unit, his value is limited to deeper leagues. Check back for an official update on Andersen closer to tip-off.
Mar 27 - 11:38 AM

Chris Andersen (calf) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

With Andersen questionable and Hassan Whiteside (hand) doubtful, Udonis Haslem could again be forced into heavy minutes Friday, with Luol Deng spending some time at the four-spot. Haslem would be worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues if both Andersen and Whiteside are unavailable.
Mar 26 - 5:37 PM

Dwyane Wade (knee) is questionable to play Friday vs. Atlanta.

Wade was forced to spend Wednesday's game on the sidelines, which resulted in Mario Chalmers sliding into the starting unit, although he only managed to put up six points and seven assists over 37 minutes of action. If Wade is again unavailable on Friday, look for Goran Dragic and Luol Deng to do the heavy lifting on offense, with Chalmers and Henry Walker likely seeing extended minutes.


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