Player News - Heat

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Wayne Ellington hit 7-of-12 shots for a season-high 21 points on Sunday, with all of his attempts coming from downtown.

Ellington added two rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes. Tonight's performance distills his fantasy essence as a perimeter specialist, and he's one of just 17 players (since 1983-84) to make at least seven 3-pointers without attempting any 2-point shots. He's yet to score double-digit points in consecutive games this season, and most fantasy owners can ignore him.
Nov 19 - 7:58 PM

Josh Richardson was poked in his left eye late during Sunday's game, which he finished with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting, two assists, two steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

Richardson exited with 3:26 remaining in the game and Miami trailing by 24 points, so this might have been a simple precaution. He was one of the only bright spots for the Heat tonight and his shot was finally falling, after a combined 3-of-17 mark in his previous two games, so hopefully he'll be ready to roll vs. Boston on Wednesday.
Nov 19 - 7:58 PM

Dion Waiters' shot abandoned him on Sunday and he finished scoreless on 0-of-10 shooting, adding just two rebounds, two steals, one rebound and one turnover in 26 minutes.

Fantasy owners aren't relying on Waiters for solid FG percentages, given that he's at 41.9% on the season and 41.4% for his career. That doesn't excuse this dud, since his value is tethered to scoring (16.3 points per game) and 3-pointers (2.0), and he'll face another stiff test vs. Boston's league-leading defense on Wednesday. He's just a borderline value in 12-team leagues.
Nov 19 - 7:57 PM

Derrick Walton Jr. made his second NBA appearance on Sunday, scoring two points in three minutes off Miami's bench.

The rookie PG only played in garbage time, and Erik Spoelstra made it clear that he's not part of the rotation. "[Miami's G-League affiliate] doesn’t play for a while, so we thought it would be a good opportunity [for Walton Jr.] to spend some time with us," Spoelstra said. "It’s more about development. We feel like we can roll with what we have."
Nov 19 - 7:56 PM

James Johnson maintained his momentum on Sunday, coming off the bench for 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes vs. the visiting Pacers.

Johnson snapped out of a slump on Friday with 20 points, five boards and four assists, and it's worth double-checking that he's not sitting on your waiver wire. Erik Spoelstra was irate after the game, saying, "We will find a solution to get this team playing Miami Heat basketball," and we're guessing Johnson will be part of that solution.
Nov 19 - 7:55 PM

Goran Dragic was quiet vs. Indiana on Sunday, making 3-of-8 shots for eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes.

The Heat were trounced in a 25-point home loss tonight, and we're not reading into Dragic's poor game even though he also scored just six points on Friday. He chipped in one steal and a pair of 3-pointers tonight, and if anything this looks like a nice buy-low moment.
Nov 19 - 7:54 PM

Derrick Walton Jr. has been recalled from the G-League.

He'll be available to play today, but there are no guarantees he'll step foot on the court. Leave him on the wire.
Nov 19 - 3:22 PM

Hassan Whiteside made 10-of-12 from the field for 22 points during a 91-88 win in Washington on Friday, adding 16 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

He was terrific late in the game as the Wizards almost pulled off a comeback win. After the knee injury derailed his October, Whiteside is on a roll over his last five games with averages of 17.4 points, 15.8 boards, 2.4 blocks and 1.0 steals. He should be around those numbers all season as the team continues to find ways to get him the rock.
Nov 17 - 10:57 PM

Justise Winslow scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

It looked like he was in for a brutal game after coach Erik Spoelstra gave Winslow a quick hook after two mistakes on defense. After that, Winslow was much better and was able to produce better than expected. While the Heat starting lineup with Winslow is smashing, Winslow just doesn't offer enough upside to own in most leagues.
Nov 17 - 10:43 PM

Josh Richardson made 1-of-10 from the field for three points with two rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

Yes, this shooting line is brutal and he's been ice cold for almost every game. However, Richardson was outstanding on defense tonight and he's the best perimeter defender on the team, so he's not going to be losing minutes. We've seen him get really hot before and it feels like it's just a matter of time before his shot starts to drop. He still has plenty of pep in his step, so it should click sooner rather than later.
Nov 17 - 10:41 PM

Hassan Whiteside scored 14 points with 21 rebounds and one block in 34 minutes against the Wizards during a 102-93 loss on Wednesday.

The 34 minutes are the most he's played since the opener and he's played in at least 29 minutes for each of his last three. After his knee issue limited him for about three weeks, Whiteside looks to be back to that 17-14 guy with two blocks like he was last year. Hopefully, he can stay healthy.
Nov 15 - 10:32 PM

Justise Winslow scored seven points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He's probably going to keep the starting job at power forward because Okaro White (foot) is out for multiple months. However, Winslow has really faded since the Heat got healthy over the last three, averaging 5.0 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks. He's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 15 - 10:03 PM

Goran Dragic scored 21 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He was hot in the third with all three of his triples coming in that frame. Dragic has consistently been in the 18-23 range for points with 11 of his last 13 games having that point total. Consistency is a good thing in season-long fantasy, so his owners should continue to expect him to flirt with top-50 value and not much else.
Nov 15 - 10:00 PM

Okaro White (foot) fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Tuesday's team practice and will undergo surgery on Thursday.

He's been bumped from the rotation for now, but coach Erik Spoelstra has used White at times when he's missing depth at other positions. Foot fracture surgeries usually require a few months off, so hopefully White can make it back around the All-Star break.
Nov 15 - 5:39 PM

Okaro White hurt his left foot during Tuesday's practice and has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

White wasn't a part of the rotation anyway, so his absence from the active roster won't make an impact in fantasy hoops.
Nov 14 - 5:37 PM


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