Storyline: Josh McRoberts Injury

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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.

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.
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