Player News - Heat

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Dwyane Wade torched the Hornets during a 97-90 win on Friday during Game 6 to tie the series 3-3, scoring 23 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

He didn't have any 3-pointers since December 2015, so his two 3-pointers in the final 200 seconds of this game were extraordinarily clutch. Wade also had a block on Kemba Walker with 14 seconds left and hit a vintage contested fadeaway two with 19 seconds left. He will look to get a Game 7 win at home on Sunday. He's playing more minutes and should be ready to roll for DFS.
Apr 29 - 11:59 PM

Luol Deng scored an efficient 21 points during a win over the Hornets on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

That's good for a tidy 75.0 true shooting percentage. This has been a great matchup for Deng with the Hornets not having great defenders at power forward. In six games, he averaged 19.7 points, 6.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.5 blocks and 3.0 treys. He's certainly on the radar for DFS in Game 7.
Apr 29 - 11:47 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) said nothing will keep him out in Game 7 on Sunday.

He hurt his left shoulder in the last minute of the game and had ice on it after the win. Richardson's defense was very good at times and he has leapfrogged Tyler Johnson (shoulder). Richardson finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
Apr 29 - 11:43 PM

Hassan Whiteside (hand, thigh) played 28 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

He was slightly limping at times when play was stopped, but he looked fine during the game action. Whiteside has cooled off in his last three, averaging 10.3 points, 8.7 boards, 3.3 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 28.5 minutes. It could be due to the injury because his minutes haven't really jumped up in the postseason. He'll likely be the top option at center for DFS on Sunday.
Apr 29 - 11:32 PM

Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be an issue in Game 6 on Friday.

He is dealing with some swelling, but X-rays came back negative and the injury isn't believed to be serious. Whiteside is averaging 14.0 points, 12.2 boards and 3.0 blocks during the postseason and is safe to leave in all active lineups.
Apr 29 - 11:59 AM

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will be in the rotation for Game 6 on Friday vs. Charlotte.

Johnson was an "emergency option" in Game 5, but he never left the bench. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Johnson will see minutes Friday, but keep in mind that he will likely be pretty limited. His return could push Gerald Green completely out of the rotation and he might take a couple of Josh Richardson's minutes as well.
Apr 29 - 11:50 AM

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

Johnson was available to play for Game 5, but didn't actually step foot on the court. He'll likely again be available for Game 6, but he won't play enough minutes to matter in any setting.
Apr 28 - 4:32 PM

Hassan Whiteside said that his right hand is swollen, but he will fight through the pain and play in Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

Whiteside hurt his hand during Game 5's loss, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious enough to force him to the sidelines. Check back for another update on his status closer to Friday's tip.
Apr 28 - 2:55 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) would like to return for the 2015-16 postseason.

While Bosh would like to return, the Heat continue to insist that he is out indefinitely. Bosh has been traveling with the Heat, but hasn't played since February 9 and would likely have a bit of rust to shake off. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but it doesn't look as though a return is imminent for Bosh.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 28 - 9:50 AM

Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a right hand injury but X-rays were negative.

There aren't any details about the injury, which Whiteside may have suffered during Wednesday's Game 5 loss in Miami. It sounds like he avoided any structural damage but we'll add him to the injury report as a precaution -- for what it's worth, his recent thigh injury no longer seems to be an issue.
Apr 27 - 11:44 PM

Tyler Johnson (shoulder) was available to play in Game 5 on Wednesday but he didn't leave Miami's bench.

Johnson was available in case of emergency but wound up getting a DNP-CD. We're taking him off the injury report but it's unlikely that he'll crack the rotation in a critical Game 6 at Charlotte on Friday.
Apr 27 - 10:58 PM

Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in a losing effort on Wednesday, making 11-of-19 shots, but he couldn't convert a potentially game-tying attempt down the stretch.

The loss snapped a 13-game home win streak in the playoffs, and Wade was livid after failing to draw a foul call when he attacked the basket in the waning seconds of a two-point game. He picked up steam after a quiet first quarter tonight and should be firing on all cylinders when Miami seeks to extend their season on Friday.
Apr 27 - 10:58 PM

Josh Richardson logged 31 minutes off the bench during Game 5, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

The Heat had scored at least 100 points in 17 consecutive home games, with the league's most efficient offense since the All-Star break, but the Hornets tightened their grip defensively tonight. Richardson drew the ire of Dwyane Wade after a poor shot late in the fourth quarter, but he played well overall and should see a similar role in a must-win game at the Time Warner Cable arena on Friday.
Apr 27 - 10:57 PM

Hassan Whiteside finished Wednesday's Game 5 defeat with 11 points, 12 boards, three blocks and one turnover in 32 minutes, making 5-of-8 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs.

Whiteside has struggled defensively against Al Jefferson's shifty post play, and a lingering thigh bruise may be limiting him, but he's still an impact player. Only Al Horford has contested more 2-point field goals per game in the playoffs, and Horford is averaging eight more minutes per game than Whiteside. He'll need to bring his 'A' game for Game 6.
Apr 27 - 10:56 PM

Josh McRoberts played a postseason-high 16 minutes during Game 5, but he failed to score and had just three rebounds, two steals and one assist to his credit.

McBob never looks to score and he passed up some open looks tonight, resulting in empty possessions that can't sit well with coach Erik Spoelstra. He finished 0-of-2 from the field and is a longshot to have DFS appeal in the postseason.
Apr 27 - 10:55 PM


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