Player News - Heat

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Tyler Johnson said he's now "comfortable" heading into the second round.

Johnson got back on the floor on Sunday for the first time after shoulder surgery, and now that he's been in the fire he's ready to step up when his number is called. Despite the confidence, Johnson is unlikely to have a significant role and there should be better second round DFS options.
May 2 - 9:07 AM

Gerald Green scored 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting vs. the Hornets on Sunday, adding three boards and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

The Heat won by 33 points, so garbage time was obviously a factor. Green averaged 1.3 points in 5.0 minutes in the first six games of the series, so don't expect him to play a lot of minutes in round two of the playoffs.
May 1 - 3:37 PM

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returned to action on Sunday vs. the Hornets after nearly three months on the sidelines, finishing with five points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in six minutes.

He has technically been "available" for a few games now, but he was finally able to get some minutes due to garbage time. Josh Richardson is ahead of him on the depth chart, so Johnson likely won't have a significant role in round two of the playoffs.
May 1 - 3:33 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) played 19 minutes vs. the Hornets on Sunday, scoring three points on 1-of-6 shooting.

He didn't shoot the ball well, but still added five boards, three assists and one 3-pointer and got some much needed rest due to the lopsided score. The good news is that his shoulder wasn't an issue, so he should see his normal workload in round two of the playoffs. Prior to this dud, Richardson averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in the first six games of the series.
May 1 - 3:27 PM

Hassan Whiteside double-doubled in Sunday's win over the Hornets, scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and five blocks in just 28 minutes.

He was 4-of-8 from the field and basically took Al Jefferson out of the game by getting him into early foul trouble. Charlotte really had no answer for Whiteside in the paint and the Heat were able to outrebound the Hornets 58-36, with 10 of those coming on the offensive glass.
May 1 - 3:25 PM

Goran Dragic scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead the Heat to a 106-73 win over the Hornets in Game 7 on Sunday.

The Dragon had a quiet series prior to Sunday with modest averages of 12.3 points, 4.3 boards, 4.3 assists, and 0.8 steals, but he picked the perfect moment to erupt. Dragic was arguably the best player on the court today, adding six rebounds, four assists and one block in 32 minutes. The Heat will now move on to face the winner of Sunday's Game 7 between the Raptors and Pacers.
May 1 - 3:23 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) will play in Game 7 vs. the Hornets on Sunday.

He cleared all tests and an MRI on Saturday came back negative, so he should be close to 100 percent. Richardson is averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in 30.5 minutes per game in this series.
May 1 - 11:25 AM

An MRI on Josh Richardson's left shoulder was negative and he will be a game-time decision for Game 7 on Sunday.

He wasn't concerned on Friday and for good reason. Richardson has been able to stay in front of Kemba Walker better than Goran Dragic, so that's helped his playing time. The second-round rookie has played 30.5 minutes per game in the postseason, which is pretty incredible for a guy who didn't get invited to the combine. He's not a great DFS option, though.
Apr 30 - 3:04 PM

The Miami Heat are still waiting for the results of the MRI on Josh Richardson's shoulder.

"The responsible thing for him and for us is to get it checked out, see what it is, and take the next course of action," coach Erik Spoelstra said. Richardson made it sound like the injury wasn't serious on Friday, so hopefully the Heat are just being cautious. There should be an update this evening, but expect Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson to pick up some minutes if the rookie can't play on Sunday.
Apr 30 - 12:48 PM

Dwyane Wade torched the Hornets during a 97-90 win on Friday during Game 6 to tie the series 3-3, scoring 23 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

He didn't have any 3-pointers since December 2015, so his two 3-pointers in the final 200 seconds of this game were extraordinarily clutch. Wade also had a block on Kemba Walker with 14 seconds left and hit a vintage contested fadeaway two with 19 seconds left. He will look to get a Game 7 win at home on Sunday. He's playing more minutes and should be ready to roll for DFS.
Apr 29 - 11:59 PM

Luol Deng scored an efficient 21 points during a win over the Hornets on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

That's good for a tidy 75.0 true shooting percentage. This has been a great matchup for Deng with the Hornets not having great defenders at power forward. In six games, he averaged 19.7 points, 6.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.5 blocks and 3.0 treys. He's certainly on the radar for DFS in Game 7.
Apr 29 - 11:47 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) said nothing will keep him out in Game 7 on Sunday.

He hurt his left shoulder in the last minute of the game and had ice on it after the win. Richardson's defense was very good at times and he has leapfrogged Tyler Johnson (shoulder). Richardson finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
Apr 29 - 11:43 PM

Hassan Whiteside (hand, thigh) played 28 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

He was slightly limping at times when play was stopped, but he looked fine during the game action. Whiteside has cooled off in his last three, averaging 10.3 points, 8.7 boards, 3.3 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 28.5 minutes. It could be due to the injury because his minutes haven't really jumped up in the postseason. He'll likely be the top option at center for DFS on Sunday.
Apr 29 - 11:32 PM

Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be an issue in Game 6 on Friday.

He is dealing with some swelling, but X-rays came back negative and the injury isn't believed to be serious. Whiteside is averaging 14.0 points, 12.2 boards and 3.0 blocks during the postseason and is safe to leave in all active lineups.
Apr 29 - 11:59 AM

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will be in the rotation for Game 6 on Friday vs. Charlotte.

Johnson was an "emergency option" in Game 5, but he never left the bench. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Johnson will see minutes Friday, but keep in mind that he will likely be pretty limited. His return could push Gerald Green completely out of the rotation and he might take a couple of Josh Richardson's minutes as well.
Apr 29 - 11:50 AM


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