Player News - Heat

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Derrick Williams (back spasms) is hopeful he will able to play Saturday in Portland.

The Heat announced prior to Thursday's game that Williams would be unavailable due to back spasms that ultimately were confirmed as the reasons he also had been held out of Wednesday's victory over the Nuggets. Williams said that in addition to the back spasms, he also is dealing with shoulder and neck pain. "Kind of right before the [Denver] game, actually, just warming up kind of just made the wrong movement and it just stiffened up on me," he said. However, Williams is hopeful of being in uniform Saturday. Miami may only have nine healthy players.
Dec 2 - 10:28 AM

Luke Babbitt is dealing with a hip-flexor strain but did fly to Portland and expected to remain with the team until their Sunday flight back to Miami.

Babbit left Thursday’s game with 4:07 left in the second quarter and did not return. Coach Spoelstra said Babbitt's injury is similar to the one that will have Dion Waiters out for at least two weeks. "Probably a little bit similar to Dion," he acknowledged after Thursday night's game. "We'll find out more. But it's a hip-flexor strain. It's not a contusion. So we'll evaluate him." Wayne Ellington started the second half in place of Babbitt, and would see an increase in minutes if Babbitt misses time.
Dec 2 - 10:21 AM

James Johnson hit 11-of-15 shots for 24 points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block in Thursday’s win against the Jazz.

Johnson played 24 minutes and saw more playing time after Luke Babbitt (hip) exited the game. Prior to tonight’s game, Johnson was averaging 30.4 minutes, 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game in his previous five. Although he does not do anything particularly great, he contributes to just about every category. Johnson was already making a charge for added minutes before this game, but the new wave of injuries to guys like Luke Babbitt (hip) strengthens his case as an asset in standard leagues.
Dec 1 - 11:59 PM

Goran Dragic scored 27 points during a 111-110 win over the Jazz on Thursday, adding six assists and four rebounds.

Dragic had a strong fourth quarter, scoring 14 of his 27 points and tied his season high in points. With all the injuries on the Heat, he has been playing a lot of minutes, averaging 36.3 over his last three games compared to his season average of 32.5 and has been asked to carry this team. He has at least 16 points in the last three games and has a good matchup on Saturday against the Trail Blazers who play at a fast pace, which should create extra opportunities.
Dec 1 - 11:49 PM

Wayne Ellington scored 17 points during a 111-110 win over the Jazz on Thursday and started the second half in place of injured Luke Babbitt (hip).

Ellington made 6-of-9 field goals and drained three from beyond the arc. He has played over 26 minutes in his three games this season and has scored double-digit points in the last two. With Luke Babbitt (hip), Derrick Williams (back) and several other Heat players hurting, Ellington could see more minutes and a larger role in the near future. The one downside is his lack of peripheral stats, making him very dependent on his shooting. He is a good short-term add, but with Josh Richardson and Justice Winslow returning soon, there may not be too much long-term value with Ellington. But it's hard to argue with his fast start to his season.
Dec 1 - 11:39 PM

Hassan Whiteside hit 4-of-11 shots for nine points, 10 rebounds, and one steal in Thursday night’s win against the Jazz.

Whiteside was one point shy of 16th double-double of the season and his fourth consecutive one. He is averaging 17.7 points, 15.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game and remains one of the league's best centers. It was a rough night for Whiteside against a tough defense and his 47-game streak with a blocked came to an end. His next game comes against Portland who is allowing 45.8 rebounds per game with a -3.3 differential
Dec 1 - 11:31 PM

Wayne Ellington started the second half of Thursday’s game against the Jazz in place of the injured Luke Babbit (hip).

The Heat are down to just seven healthy players and Ellington is hot, with 17 points in the third quarter of this game after scoring 22 points with five 3-pointers on Wednesday. James Johnson will also benefit from the loss of Babbitt, and both players are worth a look, if not a pickup, in most leagues.
Dec 1 - 10:31 PM

Derrick Williams, who has fallen out of the Heat rotation recently, is in the locker room with back spasms on Thursday night, according to the broadcast team.

Williams got a DNP-CD in his last game and lost his starting job to Luke Babbitt recently. Babbitt was also injured tonight (hip flexor), so red-hot Wayne Ellington got the start in the second half. Ellington's the pickup here, along with James Johnson. Ellington led the Heat in the first half with 14 points and two 3-pointers after scoring 22 and nine points in each of his previous two games. Johnson had 10 points at the half and has been playing well, and both are worth a close look with the Heat down to just seven healthy players right now.
Dec 1 - 10:26 PM

Luke Babbit will miss the remainder of Thursday’s game against the Jazz with a hip flexor.

Babbit left Thursday’s game with 4:07 left in the half and will not return. If he misses an extensive amount of time, Wayne Ellington and James Johnson, who have been hot, should see an increased role, while Derrick Williams could also get back into the rotation.
Dec 1 - 10:20 PM

Luke Babbit left Thursday’s game against the Jazz with 4:07 left in the half due to back tightness.

Babbit headed to the locker room after tweaking his back and is questionable to return. He played seven minutes, scoring one point and one steal.
Dec 1 - 9:57 PM

The Heat will start Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder, Luke Babbitt, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside against the Jazz on Thursday.

There is a shortage of guards in Utah tonight, so McGruder should be busy. Expect to see plenty of Wayne Ellington off the bench.
Dec 1 - 8:19 PM

Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) returned to Miami to have treatment on his ankle and coach Erik Spoelstra said Richardson's wrist is bothering him.

That means he's out Thursday against the Jazz and Saturday against the Blazers. Richardson was starting to come around after a slower start and hopefully he can suit up on Tuesday against the Knicks. While he's out, Wayne Ellington and Rodney McGruder should pick up some of the slack.
Dec 1 - 7:15 PM
Willie Reed - F/C - Heat

Willie Reed (knee) returned to action on Wednesday with seven rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes off Miami's bench.

Reed was available to play on Monday vs. the Celtics but he wound up with a DNP-CD. He's a strict backup-center to Hassan Whiteside, making him little more than a handcuff in deep leagues.
Dec 1 - 2:10 AM

Wayne Ellington erupted offensively on Wednesday with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including a 5-of-9 mark from downtown, and 12 of his points came in the fourth quarter.

Ellington was playing in his second game of the season but he looked great, adding two rebounds, two assists, four steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes. His role will decrease overnight once guys like Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters return to action, and it doesn't help that he'll face Utah's defense on Thursday. Most season-long owners can take a wait-and-see approach here.
Dec 1 - 12:50 AM

Josh McRoberts started at PF for the Heat on Wednesday, finishing with one point, three rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover in 16 minutes.

McRoberts missed all four of his shots and he was the only Heat player to post a negative plus-minus rating during tonight's road win. Miami is also likely to get some healthy players back in the near future, including Justise Winslow, so there's no reason to grab McBob in standard leagues.
Dec 1 - 12:49 AM


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