Player News - Heat

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Dwyane Wade hit 4-of-15 shots for 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal off the bench in Tuesday's 104-91 loss to the Sixers that knocked the Heat out of the playoffs.

A tweet from Gabrielle Union after the game ended didn't give much insight into whether or not Wade will play again next year or retire, but given how the playoffs ended for the Heat, Wade might be leaning towards shutting it down. Whatever he decides, it's been a great career and he's back where he belongs, in Miami.
Apr 24 - 11:35 PM

Kelly Olynyk came off the bench and played 37 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer before being eliminated by the Sixers 4-1.

Olynyk was clearly the center of choice for Erik Spoelstra in these playoffs, as he had little interest in using Hassan Whiteside against the Sixers. Olynyk played just nine minutes in Game 4 and wasn't great in Games 2 and 3, but came up big in Game 1 and Game 5, ending his season on a high note. It remains to be seen how the Heat will deal with the rift between Whiteside and Spoelstra in the offseason, so it's possible that Olynyk could be a starter next season.
Apr 24 - 11:31 PM

Hassan Whiteside played just 10 minutes, missed all four of his shots and finished with two points, five rebounds and one block in Tuesday's 104-91 loss to the Sixers, which ended the Heat's season.

Whiteside had a 13 & 13 double-double in Game 4, giving us some hope that he might be able to help in Game 5, but it wasn't meant to be. In the other four games of this series, Whiteside's best scoring night was just five points, his best rebounding night was five, and his best shot blocking night was two of them in Game 1. To his credit, he remained calm and didn't say anything outrageous when asked what the future holds for him after the game, but it's a real shame that Whiteside fell so hard and so fast once the regular season ended.
Apr 24 - 11:27 PM

Josh Richardson started in Tuesday's Game 5 despite his shoulder injury, but got into early foul trouble and finished with one block, three fouls and nothing else in just seven minutes tonight.

Richardson wasn't a lock to play, but was cleared after pre-game warmups. He didn't last long after picking up two quick fouls and then picking up his third right after he checked back in after an extended rest. Philadelphia also took control of the game in the third quarter, so it looks like Erik Spoelstra chose to leave him on the bench. It was a sour end to a great season for Richardson, who is now trade eligible for the first time since signing his extension in the offseason.
Apr 24 - 11:15 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) is starting Game 5 on Tuesday.

He made it through the pre-game warmups without any setbacks and just received clearance from the training staff. With Miami's season on the line, we wouldn't expect Richardson to have restrictions unless his shoulder acts up.
Apr 24 - 7:20 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Game 5 on Tuesday against the 76ers.

Miami wants Richardson to get through his pregame routine before an official decision is made, but in a win-or-go-home game, the odds are in his favor of gutting it out tonight. Additionally, he said he's planning on playing tonight, but we'll get official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off.
Apr 24 - 6:40 PM

Tyler Johnson (sore thumb) is good to go for Tuesday's Game 5 against the 76ers.

"[Johnson is] ready to go," said head coach Erik Spoelstra after shootaround. "He would probably punch me in the face if I said anything otherwise." Johnson tweaked his left thumb during hte first quarter of Saturday's Game 4 loss to Philly, but he played through it and was never in any real danger of missing today's game.
Apr 24 - 3:32 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) said there is a 60 percent chance that he will play in Game 5 on Tuesday night vs. the Sixers.

This is somewhat surprising, considering Richardson was able to play the second half of Game 4 (and finish with a franchise-record seven steals). In addition, it was reported after the game that J-Rich planned to play in Game 5. If Richardson is ruled out, it would be a major blow to Miami's chances. We likely won't have confirmation on his status until Coach Spoelstra speaks with reporters at approximately 6:30 pm. Dwyane Wade, Wayne Ellington and Rodney McGruder would see an uptick in minutes if Richardson is unable to play.
Apr 24 - 12:18 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) is questionable for Game 5 on Tuesday.

The Heat called his injury a contusion on Sunday, but now they've changed it to a sprain. Richardson previously said that he was planning to play, and he was able to play through the issue in Game 4. If Richardson can't play, that would be a huge blow to Miami as he's one of their only hopes to contain Ben Simmons.
Apr 23 - 1:57 PM

The Heat are calling Josh Richardson's shoulder injury just a contusion.

Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reported that Richardson suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, but this doesn't change the fact that Richardson is planning to play in Game 5. He'll have a couple days off to rest before Tuesday's must-win game.
Apr 22 - 9:57 AM

Josh Richardson has suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, but plans to play in Game 5 on Tuesday, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

He was able to return from his shoulder injury in the second quarter and he didn't look limited whatsoever. The Heat will absolutely need Richardson out there as an option to defend Ben Simmons and he's also been an effective ball-handler. For now, expect him to play through this ailment.
Apr 21 - 6:36 PM

Dwyane Wade scored 25 points with three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two turnovers in 26 minutes against the 76ers during a 106-102 loss in Game 4 on Saturday.

He kept the Heat in this game with 12 points in the final frame, but he did miss a costly free throw with 17.6 seconds left as the Heat now have to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Miami just doesn't have the firepower to guard Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid at the same time, so the deck is stacked against them for Game 5 in Philly on Tuesday. As for Wade, he gets plenty of credit for his strong play down the stretch of games at age 36.
Apr 21 - 5:29 PM

Hassan Whiteside scored 13 points with 13 rebounds and one block in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

He was actually engaged in the second half and part of that is thanks to Josh Richardson for hitting him on rolls to the rim. Whiteside did get late minutes in this game because of how Kelly Olynyk couldn't get into a rhythm due to foul trouble. Besides the loss factor and how he was crashing the boards when he didn't need to, his second-half run is about as encouraging as it gets after it looked like there was a chance he wasn't even going to hit 15 minutes based on his first stint today.
Apr 21 - 5:23 PM

Josh Richardson set a playoff franchise record with seven steals against the 76ers on Saturday, adding 10 points, five rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

He did suffer a left shoulder contusion in the second quarter, but he started the third quarter and looked fine. Richardson showed the mainstream NBA crowd that he's earned a First Team All-Defense nod with his outstanding instincts with his ball pressure and he's been able to guard four positions. Plus, he was a big part of getting Hassan Whiteside going on the offensive side in this close loss. His fantasy owners know he's a stud, but they'll have to pay up for him next year.
Apr 21 - 5:20 PM

The NBA announced on Friday that Justise Winslow was fined $15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for intentionally stepping on and attempting to damage Joel Embiid's facemask.

The incident took place in Game 3 on Thursday. It was assumed that Winslow would only be hit with a fine, and not a suspension. Game 3 was one of the best all-around games of Winslow's career. He finished with 19 points, ten rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes. Miami will need him to continue stepping up if they want to knock off the Sixers.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 21 - 11:46 AM


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