Player News - Heat

Date: Team: Pos:

Dwyane Wade (knee) is questionable to play against the Pistons on Sunday.

He had his knee drained today and the Heat are hopeful to have him for the final 10 games of the season. Still, if he's not ready, they aren't going to play him at much less than 100 percent. His fantasy owners will have to check back for an update and might want to plan for him not being ready to go. Tyler Johnson and Mario Chalmers would get his minutes while Goran Dragic would run the offense.
Mar 28 - 6:01 PM

Chris Andersen (calf contusion) is questionable to play against the Pistons on Sunday.

If he's going to be out, Udonis Haslem, Henry Walker and Michael Beasley should get his minutes. Luol Deng will also get a lot of run as a stretch four, which will allow James Ennis to get some burn. Andersen can be dropped in most leagues.
Mar 28 - 5:50 PM

Shabazz Napier (hip) is doubtful to play against the Pistons on Sunday.

He may have suffered the injury on earlier in the week because he didn't play on Friday and the team is calling it "right hip pain." If the Heat are going to miss Dwyane Wade (knee, questionable) and Napier, there should be a lot of minutes going to Tyler Johnson and Mario Chalmers.
Mar 28 - 5:45 PM

Dwyane Wade said that he has a lot of fluid in his knee, and he is still scheduled to have it drained on Saturday.

"I have a lot of fluid," Wade Said. "In a perfect world I would love to get some fluid out." This obviously isn't thrilling news for the Heat, and given Wade's injury history, it's possible that he ends up missing some time after this procedure. The Heat play the Pistons on Sunday, but Wade's owners should probably have a backup plan ready. If he is unable to play, Mario Chalmers will likely benefit the most, while Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson would get more opportunities on offense as well. We will provide another update as soon as the Heat update Wade's status.

Goran Dragic scored just six points with two boards, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers during a 99-86 loss in Atlanta on Friday.

Miami turned the ball over 19 times and couldn't get into an offensive rhythm tonight. With Dwyane Wade (knee) not at 100 percent, Dragic could have more offensive responsibility headed his way. His fantasy owners should have more confidence in him going forward.
Mar 27 - 11:52 PM

Henry Walker scored 12 points with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

Udonis Haslem played 38 minutes on Wednesday and now Walker gets 40 minutes tonight. This is your 2014-15 Miami Heat right now. Walker has buried at least three 3-pointers in four of his last five, averaging 8.4 points, 4.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 treys in that span. He's worth a look in standard leagues, especially with Dwyane Wade dealing with a knee issue.
Mar 27 - 11:49 PM

Mario Chalmers scored 13 points against the Hawks on Friday with one rebound, five assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

Dwyane Wade is going to have his knee drained on Saturday, so he could miss some time. That would mean Chalmers would likely be thrust into the starting lineup for the Heat. He was a letdown in his last multiple-game stint as a starter, but maybe he'll have more success next to Goran Dragic. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
Mar 27 - 11:41 PM

Dwyane Wade said he will have his right knee drained on Saturday.

The Heat will host the Pistons on Sunday and Wade should be considered questionable for that game. If he does miss time, it will likely be Mario Chalmers getting the start with Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic also stepping up. Wade didn't play well on Friday with 13 points, no rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
Mar 27 - 10:25 PM

Mario Chalmers will return to the bench for Friday's game vs. the Hawks with Dwyane Wade back in action.

Chalmers is averaging 10.2 points, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 three-pointer per game as a reserve, so his value takes a bit of a hit with the demotion to the second unit. He's not a great guy to play on such a busy Friday night.
Mar 27 - 6:44 PM

Dwyane Wade (knee) is in the starting lineup against the Hawks on Friday.

Apparently Wade really wants to play on 2 Chainz night in the ATL. He was not expected to play earlier today and skipped shootaround this morning. For what it's worth, Wade was in the starting lineup on Wednesday, but he didn't play in that game. Start him at your own risk in daily leagues.
Mar 27 - 6:40 PM

Chris Andersen (calf) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

With Hassan Whiteside (hand) and Andersen unavailable, Udonis Haslem will likely be forced into heavy minutes again tonight, and he's worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Henry Walker, Luol Deng, and Michael Beasley will all likely split minutes at the four-spot, with Deng offering the most upside out of that group.

Dwyane Wade (knee) is a game-time decision to face the Hawks on Friday.

Coach Erik Spoelstra hinted earlier today that Wade is a little closer to doubtful, so we're cautiously not expecting Wade to suit up tonight. If he is out, Mario Chalmers will likely slide into the starting lineup with Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson also stepping up.
Mar 27 - 6:09 PM

With Dwyane Wade (knee) not likely to play Friday vs. the Hawks, Mario Chalmers looks like he'll get another game with the starting unit.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hinted that he'll go with the same starting lineup from Wednesday which featured Goran Dragic, Mario Chalmers, Luol Deng, Henry Walker, and Udonis Haslem. Chalmers will see a boost in value as a starter, and he'll have a favorable matchup against the Hawks, so he's someone to consider in daily leagues.
Mar 27 - 12:46 PM

Updating a previous report, Erik Spoelstra said there is a slim chance that Chris Andersen (calf) is able to play Friday vs. Atlanta.

This runs contrary to Andersen's comments that he thought he'd be able to play tonight, so we'll be watching this story closely. If Birdman is unable to go, it will leave Udonis Haslem as the only healthy big on the roster, and he'll more than likely be forced into heavy minutes. Haslem double-doubled through 38 minutes of action during his last outing, so he'll be worth a look as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues if Andersen is forced to sit. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 11:57 AM

Hassan Whiteside (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Whiteside's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for fantasy owners battling their way through the playoffs, and he could be looking at an extended absence, as he's currently unable to rebound, block shots, or catch a basketball. We'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable for Sunday's game vs. Detroit, and if he's again unable to go, it'll be Chris Andersen (calf) and Udonis Haslem picking up the slack for a Miami frontcourt that has been decimated by injuries. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 11:47 AM


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