Player News - Heat

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Goran Dragic (elbow) and Dion Waiters (illness) did not participate during shootaround, and both remain questionable to play Monday vs. Atlanta.

"I’m not sure what exactly happened," Dragic said of the elbow injury that he suffered on Saturday. "I kind of like hit it, hyper-extended it. It was fine after the game, but the next day it swelled up. We’re going to go see a doctor and see." If both Dragic and Waiters are unavailable tonight, the Heat will enter Monday's game with just eight healthy players, and guys like Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson would all see a big uptick in usage. Stay tuned.

Justise Winslow (knee) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Hawks.

We'd be surprised to see Winslow play through this knee issue even with the Heat missing several bodies. With James Johnson (ankle) and Hassan Whiteside (knee) already ruled out, we could see some two-center lineups with guys like Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo and Jordan Mickey getting a bump.
Dec 18 - 12:04 PM

Goran Dragic (elbow) and Dion Waiters (illness) are questionable for Monday's game vs. the Hawks.

The last thing the Heat needs right now is more injuries. This is a new issue for Dragic, but the severity is unknown at this point. If Dragic or Waiters can't go, Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson would be very busy tonight in a great matchup.
Dec 18 - 12:02 PM

Dion Waiters (illness) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Hawks.

The Heat are going to be very shorthanded tonight and Goran Dragic (elbow) is also in danger of missing this game. If one or both of these guys can't play, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson would gain quite a bit of value.
Dec 18 - 12:01 PM

James Johnson has been diagnosed with right ankle bursitis and he's expected to miss the next 7-10 days of action.

Johnson will not be traveling with the team on their upcoming two-game road trip, and this timetable will have him out of commission for the next 4-6 games. With Johnson unavailable, guys like Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington and Jordan Mickey will be asked to pick up the slack, and both Ellington and Mickey could be worth an add in deep leagues.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praised Jordan Mickey for staying ready when he was out of the rotation.

"Behind the scenes only us have seen it," Spoelstra said. "That’s a big-time credit to Jordan Mickey and his character. He develops, he works, all I see behind the scenes is him spending so much time with Juwan Howard and working on skill development, working on understanding our system, staying in unbelievable shape." Mickey has played 21.0 minutes per game in his last two, averaging 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in that span. With Hassan Whiteside (knee) still without a timetable and James Johnson (ankle) and Justise Winslow (knee) hurt, Mickey is on the radar in deeper leagues.
Dec 17 - 10:02 AM

Hassan Whiteside (knee) won't travel for Miami's two-game road trip this week.

This means he won't play against Atlanta on Monday or Boston on Wednesday. That would make 11 straight games on the sidelines for the big man and there's still no timetable for his return. "He is feeling better but he’s not quite ready to play," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. The earliest we will see Whiteside back is on Friday vs. Dallas, but in the meantime, Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo and Jordan Mickey will hold down the fort with James Johnson (ankle) and Justise Winslow (knee) also banged up.
Dec 17 - 9:58 AM

James Johnson will undergo an MRI on his right ankle on Sunday.

"It’s a lower-leg injury," Spoelstra said after Saturday's game. "He was getting treatment. He's going to get out of here and get some rest. We’ll find out tomorrow." The Heat have had some tough luck with injuries and could be shorthanded in the frontcourt if Johnson is forced to miss time. Kelly Olynyk is worth owning and Bam Adebayo also has some short-term value with Hassan Whiteside (knee) and Justise Winslow (knee) out, but Jordan Mickey also popped up on the radar with nine points, four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two steals on Saturday.
Dec 17 - 9:50 AM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he was happy to let Josh Richardson run the offense on Saturday vs. the Clippers.

"He’s just so steady," Spoelstra said. "The ball was in his hands quite a bit tonight, getting us organized. It wasn’t at first necessarily him scoring, but he was getting guys in the right spots, getting all the play calls. In the second half, I was leaving all the play calls up to him." Richardson scored a career-high 28 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and six 3-pointers, so Spoelstra's decision paid off. After a slow start to the season, Richardson has been living up to the hype with third round value over his last 10 games.
Dec 17 - 9:44 AM

Josh Richardson carried the Heat during a 90-85 win over the Clippers on Saturday, scoring a career-high 28 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and six 3-pointers.

Those six treys were also a career mark as part of his 10-of-16 line from the field and 2-of-2 from the line for a beautiful 82.9 TS%. Richardson more than doubled the rest of his teammates in scoring tonight and he brought outstanding defense as per usual. It's all coming together for Richardson over his last 10, averaging 15.8 points, 3.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.6 treys on 55.1 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from the line. He's been a third-round player per game in standard leagues over that 10-game span, so his patient owners can pat themselves on the back.
Dec 16 - 11:10 PM

Kelly Olynyk scored 11 points with five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and a career-high five steals against the Clippers on Saturday.

This was the kind of playing time we were looking for on Friday, but foul trouble was the culprit against Dwight Howard to keep Olynyk to 25 minutes. Hassan Whiteside (knee) is still out and now James Johnson (ankle) went down, and he continues to get minutes next to Bam Adebayo, too. Olynyk's case looks even better to be worth owning in standard leagues.
Dec 16 - 11:01 PM

Tyler Johnson went 0-of-9 from the field for zero points with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

That's his second goose egg on the year with an 0-of-5 shooting line against the Cavs on Nov. 28. Apparently, Johnson doesn't like favorable matchups, but just throw this one out and look for him to be better on Monday.
Dec 16 - 10:57 PM

Bam Adebayo scored seven points with five rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 28 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

Back at summer league, there was a lot of buzz around the rookie that he could play two positions, and that's what's happened in the last two games. Adebayo should be looking at minutes in the upper 20s until Hassan Whiteside (knee) or James Johnson (ankle) can make it back. He's worth a look in deeper leagues.
Dec 16 - 10:55 PM

Jordan Mickey scored a career-high nine points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 27 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

With James Johnson (ankle) and Justise Winslow (knee) out right now, Mickey will be in the rotation and should get minutes in the upper 20s. Although, Winslow was called questionable for today, so maybe he's back on Monday. Mickey does have upside, so he's a speculative add in deep leagues.
Dec 16 - 10:53 PM

Bam Adebayo started the third quarter for James Johnson (ankle) on Saturday against the Clippers.

Coach Erik Spoelstra will go double center against DeAndre Jordan here. He's been more inclined to go with Bam next to Kelly Olynyk, so that'll be used even more today. Adebayo has value in deeper leagues and gets a slight bump here.
Dec 16 - 9:19 PM


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