Player News - Heat

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Hassan Whiteside scored 19 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 33 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

That's an encouraging line for Whiteside and he continues to see big minutes thanks to Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) missing time. That could change when Olynyk comes back, but Whiteside will still be able to do serious damage over the second half with around 24 minutes per game.
Feb 23 - 11:21 PM

Josh Richardson scored 15 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and five steals in 38 minutes against the Pelicans during a 124-123 loss on Friday.

We're running out of nice things to say about J-Rich these days as he matched his career-high in steals. He bas been an absolute monster over his last 40 games, averaging 15.7 points, 3.5 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.1 blocks and 2.0 treys on 49.0 percent from the field and 83.0 percent from the line. That makes him a top-20 player in nine-category leagues in that span and he's easily been one of the best value picks even with all the preseason hype. He should've made the All-Star team.
Feb 23 - 11:18 PM

Goran Dragic scored 30 points with nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

That makes it three 28-plus point games over his last four outings as his shooting percentages continue to climb excluding a couple duds. Dragic's elbow injury from last month is way behind him now and he should be busy as the Heat look to secure a playoff spot.
Feb 23 - 11:12 PM

Bam Adebayo scored six points with eight rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) still isn't healthy, so Adebayo has been picking up most of the backup center minutes. It will be a lot tougher for him to get minutes close to 20 when Olynyk is back and coach Erik Spoelstra hasn't really kept his word on playing him next to Hassan Whiteside -- partly due to the Olynyk injury. Bam is more of a 14-team guy with a somewhat capped upside.
Feb 23 - 11:08 PM

Wayne Ellington scored six points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

The minutes have still been decent for Ellington, but don't forget Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) coming back will mean the Heat offense won't need Ellington for spacing as much. Ellington is an OK hold as a specialist in standard leagues, but we'd expect him to trend down.
Feb 23 - 11:05 PM

James Johnson scored 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

He benefitted from Justise Winslow getting two quick fouls against Anthony Davis, so that explains the uptick in run. We've been saying for a month now that Johnson needed the All-Star break more than just about anyone due to his lingering ankle issue, and it's so far, so good with this one. Maybe he's in for another strong finish this season.
Feb 23 - 11:03 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is "getting better" but is not ready to play Friday vs. the Pelicans.

This was expected, as Olynyk was listed as doubtful on the initial injury report. However, the good news is that Olynyk has been making solid progress, including limited practice this week. Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson and Bam Adebayo will continue to soak up extra minutes with Olynyk sidelined.
Feb 23 - 1:17 PM

Rodney McGruder has been assigned to the G-League.

He will play for the Sioux Falls on Saturday and Monday and rejoin the Heat on Tuesday. Coach Erik Spoelstra loves his energy and defense, but he has his work cut out for him to earn meaningful minutes.
Feb 22 - 1:58 PM

Rodney McGruder (leg) practiced on Wednesday.

Coach Erik Spoelstra wouldn't commit to McGruder playing on Friday against the Pelicans. McGruder had surgery on his leg for a stress reaction back in October and he's yet to make his season debut. He had a chance to be the opening-night starter, so McGruder could find himself back in the rotation. He likely won't have fantasy value, though.
Feb 21 - 4:16 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Friday against the Pelicans.

"He did some non-contact work [Wednesday], a ton of conditioning, but not the contact part of practice," said coach Erik Spoelstra. That means the All-Star break likely wasn't enough for Olynyk's shoulder to get right after the injury on Feb. 5. Olynyk played a whopping 40 minutes in the game prior to injury, and he had been taking minutes away from Hassan Whiteside. Olynyk being out would open up a few extra minutes for Whiteside, James Johnson and Bam Adebayo.

Dwyane Wade said he won't recruit LeBron James to Miami this season.

"No, I don’t have anything to do with it, none of that," Wade said. "One thing I know is he makes his own decisions. So when we get to that point, hopefully he takes a good look at the place he’s at and gives that real consideration, and then goes from there. It’s his decision and I don’t want nothing to do with it at all." As for Wade himself, it sounds like he'll be returning for the 2018-19 season and he made it clear that he won't leave the Heat again. He's a deep-league fantasy asset in his reserve role.
Feb 15 - 9:22 AM

James Johnson tied his season-high with 22 points on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-10 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with five assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and zero turnovers.

Johnson played just 21 minutes but he was firing on all cylinders, which is great if you stuck with him or (more likely) plucked him off the waiver wire. Kelly Olynyk (left shoulder strain) will likely be ready on the other side of the break, adding another layer of complication to the frontcourt rotation, but Johnson's owners might as well hold him to see how things play out.
Feb 14 - 10:44 PM

Bam Adebayo was held to just three points, two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes vs. Philly on Wednesday.

The rookie sat out the final 5:46 tonight, with the exception of one defensive stand, and this snaps his nine-game streak with at least five rebounds. Adebayo is still worth holding in most situations, at least until we get a clear return date for Kelly Olynyk (left shoulder strain).
Feb 14 - 10:43 PM

Josh Richardson struggled with fouls during Wednesday's game, finishing with six points, two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

Erik Spoelstra used his bench extensively tonight anyway, and only Goran Dragic and Wayne Ellington earned 30+ minutes. The arrival of Dwyane Wade isn't good for J-Rich, but owners also shouldn't overreact -- he's an across-the-board contributor who was coming off a 37-minute performance on Tuesday. He'll be fine.
Feb 14 - 10:42 PM

Hassan Whiteside had 16 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 29 minutes on Wednesday, but the Heat still blew a huge lead in Philly.

It's worth noting that Whiteside did check in for Bam Adebayo with 5:46 remaining in a tight game, and he played almost the rest of the way. He went 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line to satisfy fantasy owners -- a bigger line would have been nice with Joel Embiid out tonight, but we shouldn't get greedy.
Feb 14 - 10:42 PM


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