Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Hassan Whiteside (sprained ankle) feels "a lot better" and is expected to play on Sunday vs. the Celtics.

The big man sat out of Saturday's practice as a precaution, but it sounds like he's ready for a full workload. He was also talking about the matchup with Boston, so his status doesn't appear to be in jeopardy. We'll confirm that he's starting, but go ahead and get him active. According to Heat reporter Ira Winderman, Whiteside will be a "full go."

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Boston has gotten a rep as one of the worst rebounding teams – on the season they’re the 5th-worst in rebounding percentage (48.4%) – but they’re the 11th-best since the all-star break (50.3%) and 8th-best over the past five games (52.3%). They have the 6th-best defensive rating since the break (102.5) and have allowed 44.6 points in the paint per game (13th), where Whiteside scores 74.5% of his points. While the league’s leading rebounder should produce today, his upside may be limited.
Mar 26 - 11:44 AM

Hassan Whiteside (sprained ankle) did not practice with the team on Saturday but is expected to play Sunday vs. the Celtics.

Whiteside, who is playing with 13 stitches in his right hand, rolled his ankle late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss to the Raptors. However, he did downplay the injury after the game and, fortunately, it appears he will not be forced to miss any time. We are still awaiting an official announcement from the team or coach Erik Spoelstra regarding Whiteside's availability for Sunday.
Mar 25 - 1:59 PM

Dion Waiters (ankle) is reportedly "progressing in the right direction," but there is still no timetable for his return.

Waiters has missed three straight games due to the ankle issue. "He’s feeling better," coach Erik Spoelstra said on Thursday. "Some of the swelling is starting to come down. But there still is no timetable." Josh Richardson is the primary benefactor here. J-Rich continues to start and play heavy minutes in Waiters absence.
Mar 24 - 9:30 AM

Hassan Whiteside downplayed the ankle injury he suffered Thursday night and said he plans on playing Sunday vs. the Celtics.

Whiteside, who received 13 stitches in his hand on Tuesday, rolled his ankle late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss to the Raptors. "It’s not crazy like Dion’s," Whiteside said of the injury, referring to the badly sprained ankle of his teammate Dion Waiters. "More just annoying." Coach Erik Spoelstra was not quite as confident. "We'll know more, how severe or not severe," he said after the game. Stay tuned for updates out of Miami this weekend.
Mar 24 - 9:12 AM

Hassan Whiteside rolled his ankle at the end of Thursday's game.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he doesn't know how severe the ankle injury is, so we'll have to wait on the details. Whiteside had a right ankle injury before the All-Star Game and there's a chance that injury affected him for arguably the worst part of his season. As for this new injury, the schedule helped the Heat out this week because they won't play again until Sunday. Whiteside already was playing with 13 stitches in his hand, finishing with 16 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in this loss to the Raptors.
Mar 23 - 10:39 PM

Tyler Johnson scored 11 points with one rebound, one assist, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Thursday.

Somewhat surprisingly, Johnson hasn't really taken a step forward since Dion Waiters (ankle) went down. In those three, he averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 boards, 2.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 treys. Johnson is still hanging around top 100 value in standard leagues over his last 10 games, so he's still a player almost all owners should be starting.
Mar 23 - 10:31 PM

Josh Richardson scored 12 points with two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

Coach Erik Spoelstra is finally playing Richardson consistently with 34.7 minutes per game over his last three, averaging 12.0 points, 1.7 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.3 steals and 1.2 treys. We still don't know how long Dion Waiters (ankle) is going to be out, but we could get a hint if the Heat do sign someone to a 10-day deal. Regardless, Richardson makes sense as a pickup until Waiters has a target date to return.
Mar 23 - 10:21 PM

Wayne Ellington did not score in 13 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

Coach Erik Spoelstra went with his starters more than expected, so Ellington didn't see much court time as a proud papa. Now that Josh Richardson looks healthy, Ellington may be more of a situation guy going forward.
Mar 23 - 10:11 PM

Hassan Whiteside (hand) will start on Thursday night against the Raptors.

He went through warmups and apparently is good to go. Whiteside also went through morning shootaround and has intended to play all day. Fantasy owners can fire up Whiteside, but the Raptors did a good job against him in their last meeting with just 12 points.
Mar 23 - 6:46 PM

Dion Waiters (ankle) was in a walking boot on Thursday.

The good news is Waiters was not on crutches. The Heat have not revealed a timetable on Waiters, but he's likely out for multiple games. With him out, Josh Richardson should benefit the most while Wayne Ellington should have more shots going his way. J-Rich is worth a long look in standard leagues.
Mar 23 - 6:40 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said he's planning on Wayne Ellington (personal) being available for Thursday against the Raptors.

He was with his family to witness the birth of his son. With Ellington back, he should be looking at minutes in the upper 20s with several attempts from deep. In his last two, Ellington averaged 10.0 points in 25.0 minutes per game. He's a specialist for owners looking to add more treys.
Mar 23 - 5:56 PM

Wayne Ellington (personal) is expected to play on Thursday vs. the Raptors.

Ellington became a father on Wednesday and wasn't with the team at the morning shootaround, but he's expected to make it to Thursday's game on time. With Dion Waiters (ankle) out indefinitely, Ellington will continue to be a nice source of 3-pointers in deeper formats, but Josh Richardson is a better pickup.
Mar 23 - 11:59 AM

Dion Waiters (ankle) still has no timetable to return.

The good news is that the swelling is down and coach Erik Spoelstra said he's "feeling better." With Waiters out, Josh Richardson has emerged as the clear pickup in his absence. Richardson is averaging 12.0 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.5 steals and 1.5 triples in his last two games.
Mar 23 - 11:56 AM

Hassan Whiteside (right hand laceration) was able to go through the morning shootaround.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Whiteside still intends to play on Thursday vs. the Raptors, but did add that most of the stuff he did at the shootaround was left handed. With the Heat fighting for a playoff spot, the chances of Whiteside playing should be pretty good. Check back for an update after the pre-game warmups.
Mar 23 - 11:50 AM

Dion Waiters (ankle) will not play on Thursday against the Raptors.

He's coming along just fine and the team may not give him an MRI this week. As of Wednesday, he doesn't have an MRI scheduled, so maybe Waiters is more day-to-day. Josh Richardson is a solid add in standard leagues and dropped 14 points on Tuesday.
Mar 22 - 5:15 PM


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