Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow looked good and showed no ill effects from their season-ending injuries last season in their first full practices back with the team Tuesday morning at Florida Atlantic University. “[Winslow has] been scrimmaging for a while. It was important for him to get those live reps. You would never be able to tell by his aggressiveness that he brought to this practice that he was coming off any kind of injury anywhere on his body. People felt his presence.”
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Justise Winslow expects to be fully recovered and ready to go for the Sept. 26 start of Heat training camp. He’s already started to participate in full-contact work now that his six-month rehabilitation schedule is complete. “My shoulder is feeling great. I’m 100 percent now,” said Winslow, who is promoting the September youth clinic he will host on behalf of his family’s foundation. “Doing different contact stuff, playing with guys in 3-on-3 [games]. Playing against the other coaches and the trainers and things like that. I feel good. I’m in pretty good shape. I’m feeling lighter and eating better, so I’m excited for this upcoming season.”
Spoelstra said it’s been good having Justise Winslow back on the bench during the Heat’s homestand. The second-year forward, who had season-ending shoulder surgery in early January, had not been on the bench until Wednesday’s win over the Pelicans but had been at practices and around his teammates while rehabbing.
Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra says Justise Winslow has been on the court in recent days with teammates, now cleared to sit on the bench during games,
The HEAT announced today that forward Justise Winslow underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The one hour, 20-minute procedure was performed by HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Doctors Hospital. He will be in a sling for six weeks before beginning rehab. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Albert Nahmad: Justise Winslow will have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder today, and Heat expects he’ll miss the rest of the season.
Spoelstra began Wednesday’s pregame media session saying, “I’ll start with the bad news, or the tough news, right now.” And it was, especially for a team hoping to groom the versatile forward for better days beyond this now almost assured lottery-bound season. “Justise was checked out by Dr. [Harlan] Selesnick on Monday,” Spoelstra said of the team physician, “found that he has a torn labrum, so we sent him out to get a second opinion. They confirmed it. So that’s going to require surgery. He’s going to have surgery [Thursday].
Jason Jones: Erik Spoelstra just said Justise Winslow has a torn labrum that will require season and likely out for the season
Manny Navarro: Spo said Justise Winslow still has not gone through a full contact practice. So, until he does that, he’s really not close #Heat
“No,” Spoelstra said when asked if Winslow’s injury is worse than he anticipated. “We didn’t necessarily know, but it’s in a tough area. And playing through it was aggravating it. It definitely was not getting better. So he’s been able to take care of that with rest. It’s still not where he wants it to be. But some areas take a little bit longer. The wrist, there are a lot of moving parts to that.”
Anthony Chiang: Heat announce Dion Waiters & Justise Winslow will not travel with the team on it’s three-game trip and will stay in Miami for treatment.
Barry Jackson: Justise Winslow out tonight with wrist problem
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December 10, 2017 | 9:55 pm EST Update
Chris Forsberg: Kyrie Irving asked if he maybe missed the mask. “Nah, I was happy to see the whole arena. I was excited to be able to see everything.” Did lament misses. “Make a damn shot. I got in the paint as much as I would have liked and my left hand just wasn’t doing it for me tonight. “
Gina Mizell: #Nuggets Will Barton on his missed pull-up jumper at the end of regulation: “I felt like I could have made it. I felt like I could have gotten a better shot. I pride myself in those moments, and tonight I didn’t deliver. I wish I could get it back and close it.”
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Jay King: Kyrie on clutch Tatum: “Some people have it and some people don’t. It’s just as simple as that. I think he’s pretty much shown that he can play, as people say, with the big boys at the end of the game.”