After a long road of broken bones, Josh McRoberts was active for the Mavericks on Sunday night for the first time this season. It’s not the end of the process. In fact, McRoberts didn’t play Sunday. But it was a major accomplishment that the 6-10 forward/center has made it to the point where he can suit up.
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“It feels good to be back a little bit,” McRoberts said before the Mavericks closed out 2017 against the Thunder. “I don’t expect to play too much. I’m not that back — not back 100 percent. But it’s a step in the right direction. It’s been a long time coming.”
Josh McRoberts could make his season debut as early as Sunday night against the Thunder. At the least, if he doesn’t have any setbacks after an exhaustive workout on Saturday, he should be able to get on the court soon after New Year’s Day. “McRoberts is getting closer,” Carlisle said. “We’ll see where he is in the morning. I think there’s an outside chance, because of our roster situation — having only 11 guys available — that he could be active. But it’s less than 50-50. We’ll talk about it tomorrow.”
Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle on injured Mavericks like Seth Curry, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh McRoberts: “We’re still hoping to get some guys back at some point. We’re just not sure what month. I’ve been wrong so far. Not December.”
Earl K. Sneed: Seth Curry, Dorian Finney-Smith and Josh McRoberts remain out for the @Dallas Mavericks today vs. the Clippers. Salah Mejri was originally listed as questionable, but Rick Carlisle says he will play. #DALvsLAC
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia), Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) and Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) are all out for the @Dallas Mavericks against Milwaukee. #DALvsMIL
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says “there’s a chance” Josh McRoberts plays eventually, but “nothing is coming over the Brooklyn Bridge with that one.”
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) & Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) are out Monday at Utah. #DALatUTA
Forward Josh McRoberts, out since December with a foot injury, participated in his first contact practice on Tuesday but did not travel with the team to Charlotte, and Spoelstra said it’s undetermined if he will play again this season.
With forward Josh McRoberts sidelined since Dec. 27 with a stress fracture in his left foot, Spoelstra was asked Wednesday for an update. “We’ll see,” Spoelstra said. “I mean, he’s making progress. He’s doing a little bit more. He’s on the court a little bit now, and we’ll just have to see how he progresses. We’re going to continue to invest our time in him and try to get him right, get him ready, get him feeling good about his body, and then we’ll take the next step.”
Josh McRoberts is back on the Miami Heat’s injury list with a stress fracture in his left foot – the same foot he broke in Game 6 versus Toronto in last year’s playoffs – and it’s unclear when or if he’ll be back this season. “J-Mac is out and he’ll be out indefinitely,” coach Erik Spoelstra announced Tuesday morning. “Once we get a plan of action and when there’s another update, we’ll give it to you. I feel for Josh right now. He wants to be out there. He was starting to get into a great rhythm. We’ll use all of our resources to come up with a solution for him.”
McRoberts, who is in the third year of a four-year, $22.6 million deal with the Heat that includes a $6 million player option next season, said he doesn’t think the injury is career-threatening and believes he will be back this season. Before this latest setback, McRoberts had started 14 consecutive games and was finally beginning to become a more reliable option over the past month. Knee injuries forced him to miss 88 games combined over his first two seasons with the tea before he broke his foot in the playoffs.
Josh McRoberts of the Miami Heat has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot, and the team says the oft-injured forward will be sidelined indefinitely. McRoberts broke that foot during last season’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against Toronto, and had a stress reaction in the same foot that kept him out for training camp and the first seven games of this season.
Barry Jackson: As we’ve reported, Heat’s McRoberts limited to start camp because of foot injury. Said last 2 years have “sucked” because of injuries.
Jason Lieser: If Josh McRoberts (knee) indeed is out at #Bulls, it will be his 90th missed game since signing a 4-year deal with #Heat in 2014.
Ethan J. Skolnick: Josh McRoberts: “I’m getting closer. I’m feeling better everyday.”
Ethan J. Skolnick: Spoelstra says McRoberts has had “a very good trip” of work
Barry Jackson: Wade said he hopes to play tonight. Birdman out and of course Dragic and McRoberts also out tonight in Denver.
As for McRoberts, he hasn’t played since Dec. 9 and has now missed 14 consecutive games with a bruised right knee, an injury the Heat said he sustained well before this extended absence. He is walking without any limp or limitations but remains out indefinitely, with the Heat declining to specify a timetable for his return.
Ira Winderman: Heat listing Josh McRoberts (knee) as out for Friday in Phoenix.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Whiteside is going to warm up with the intention to play. Josh McRoberts out again.
Ira Winderman: Heat again listing Josh McRoberts as out tonight vs. Pacers.
Forward Josh McRoberts, meanwhile, will miss his 10th consecutive game with a bruised right knee. It’s hard to tell how close to a return McRoberts really is. But Heat sideline reporter Jason Jackson said he saw McRoberts go through early pregame work in Orlando Saturday night, something he hadn’t seen him do in a while. McRoberts, who was supposed to be a vital piece off the bench for Miami, hasn’t played since Dec. 9 at Charlotte. The Heat had said he bruised his knee against the Lakers Nov. 10 and continued to play through it until he couldn’t anymore.
Javier Holtz: They’re calling it a bone bruise? How long does that take? Is this a byproduct of last year’s injury? Ira Winderman: Heat saying McRoberts’ injury is a separate injury.
Also partaking in those workouts: Josh McRoberts, back from knee surgery. “Medically I’m in a good spot and I’m especially excited with our new additions,” he said.
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