Player News - Heat

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Hassan Whiteside played 41 minutes during a 99-92 loss to the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 28 points with 16 rebounds, one assist and five blocks.

That is a ton of playing time for Whiteside. He made 12-of-16 from the field and now has double-digit rebounding games in all but one game this season. Whiteside padded his lead in rebounds with 14.9 and he's also leapfrogged Rudy Gobert for the No. 2 spot in blocks per game. He's going to post some massive stat lines for the short-handed Heat and is sitting on second-round value this season.
Dec 4 - 1:22 AM

Goran Dragic scored 18 points with nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and five turnovers against the Blazers on Saturday.

He needs some help. Dragic is going to be doing some serious heavy lifting this week and should post early-round value in the short term as long as he can put up decent efficiency. Keep him rolling.
Dec 4 - 1:16 AM

Derrick Williams was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

That's cold. Williams was available to play, but coach Erik Spoelstra just went with other guys. Williams may get playing time another day, but this has to sting with only eight guys playing tonight.
Dec 4 - 1:12 AM

Josh McRoberts scored a season-high 13 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

From inbounds specialist to main power forward. McRoberts could stick in the starting lineup until guys like Justise Winslow (wrist) can return. He could disappear very soon, but McBobs has some short-term value.
Dec 4 - 1:11 AM

Tyler Johnson scored nine points on 3-of-14 from the field against the Blazers on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

He played 21.2 minutes next to Goran Dragic out of necessity with 12.8 minutes as the lone point guard. The Heat need players to help space the offense, so Johnson is looking at plenty of minutes this week. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Dec 4 - 1:08 AM

Wayne Ellington played 39 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

Coach Erik Spoelstra needs a shooter big time, so it looks like it'll be Ellington until the help gets back out there. He attempted eight shots from deep and should lead the team in that department until guys like Josh Richardson (ankle) come back. If you need some scoring this upcoming week, given Ellington a look for his four games.
Dec 4 - 1:04 AM

Rodney McGruder scored seven points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

The Heat need wings in the worst way, so McGruder may have the best opportunity for playing time in the NBA. Even with 34.4 minutes per game over his last five, McGruder averaged 8.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys. He's worth a look as a desperation play with four games coming up.
Dec 4 - 1:00 AM

James Johnson was ejected in the third quarter on Saturday for picking up two technical fouls.

The Heat are now down to just seven healthy players for the fourth quarter. Johnson wasn't having a great game today, finishing with two points, four rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He's still a hold in standard leagues with the missing so many players.
Dec 3 - 11:55 PM

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

The Heat need a lot of help on the wing, so they'll be getting plenty of minutes from Ellington and McGruder. Ellington has the better upside for his higher usage and 3-pointers.
Dec 3 - 8:39 PM

Derrick Williams (back) will play against the Blazers on Saturday.

He was listed as questionable and is good to go for tonight. Williams was losing minutes to guys like James Johnson, but he should get playing time tonight due to the depth issues at forward. Even if he starts, he'll be a risky option in almost any league.
Dec 3 - 2:46 PM

Luke Babbitt (hip) is not expected to play and is only available for emergency situations against the Blazers on Saturday.

In other words, he's out. Babbitt could miss two weeks due to his hip injury from Thursday night. He also may not have many minutes available once he's back with James Johnson outplaying him and it's possible Justise Winslow (wrist) is back. For tonight, Johnson, Derrick Williams and Wayne Ellington should get some additional run.
Dec 3 - 2:43 PM

Derrick Williams (back spasms) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

He said earlier that he was hopeful to play, so that's good news for a Heat team that's not expecting Luke Babbitt to play. If D-Will is ultimately ruled out, James Johnson and Josh McRoberts will hold down the fort at PF.
Dec 2 - 10:04 PM

Luke Babbitt (hip) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

Coach Erik Spoelstra isn't expecting him to play, so he's probably closer to doubtful. Derrick Williams (back) is also questionable, so we should see a lot of James Johnson and Josh McRoberts.
Dec 2 - 10:01 PM

Derrick Williams (back spasms) is hopeful he will able to play Saturday in Portland.

The Heat announced prior to Thursday's game that Williams would be unavailable due to back spasms that ultimately were confirmed as the reasons he also had been held out of Wednesday's victory over the Nuggets. Williams said that in addition to the back spasms, he also is dealing with shoulder and neck pain. "Kind of right before the [Denver] game, actually, just warming up kind of just made the wrong movement and it just stiffened up on me," he said. However, Williams is hopeful of being in uniform Saturday. Miami may only have nine healthy players.
Dec 2 - 10:28 AM

Luke Babbitt is dealing with a hip-flexor strain but did fly to Portland and expected to remain with the team until their Sunday flight back to Miami.

Babbit left Thursday’s game with 4:07 left in the second quarter and did not return. Coach Spoelstra said Babbitt's injury is similar to the one that will have Dion Waiters out for at least two weeks. "Probably a little bit similar to Dion," he acknowledged after Thursday night's game. "We'll find out more. But it's a hip-flexor strain. It's not a contusion. So we'll evaluate him." Wayne Ellington started the second half in place of Babbitt, and would see an increase in minutes if Babbitt misses time.
Dec 2 - 10:21 AM


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