Anthony Chiang: When asked how the Heat will deal with the PG position in Dragic’s absence, Spoelstra said: “We’ve had some experience doing it already this year, unfortunately. But when Justise is able to go, I’m slotting him in that position.”
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Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic is expected to miss two months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday, a league source tells ESPN.
Barry Jackson: Dragic undergoing knee surgery today. Timeline undetermined.
Barry Jackson: … It was determined Dragic should undergo that knee scope after the knee did not respond to rest and treatment.
Anthony Chiang: Heat has ruled out Goran Dragic for Sunday’s game in New Orleans. Also on latest injury report: Dwyane Wade (general soreness) — Questionable Tyler Johnson (left hip contusion) — Probable Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery) — Out
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic (right knee) listed as out for Friday’s game vs. Grizzlies.
Ira Winderman: Dragic says knee is good and is ready to step on the floor.
Ira Winderman: Dragic expects a minutes restriction.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Derrick Jones Jr. all listed as out for Sunday’s game vs. Jazz.
Shandel Richardson: Goran Dragic was getting some pregame work in with Rob Fodor tonight.
Ira Winderman: Heat listing both Goran Dragic (knee) and Tyler Johnson (hamstring) as OUT for Tuesday night’s home game against the Hawks. Dion Waiters also listed as out and Yante Maten still listed in G League.
Tim Reynolds: Goran Dragic (knee) out next three games.
Shandel Richardson: Goran Dragic (knee) will not make upcoming road trip. Had his knee drained this morning
Barry Jackson: Dragic had right knee drained this morning and will miss games this week. Heat hopes inflammation subsides enough for him to possibly resume playing next week.
Ira Winderman: Wayne Ellington to start in place of Dragic tonight.
Ira Winderman: Sounds like Heat will consider an extended break for Dragic, with Monday tests to possibly determine that course of action.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic will not play tonight. He’s already had an MRI, but he will be checked out again tomorrow.
Ira Winderman: It looks like James Johnson will make his season debut Sunday against the Lakers. Heat listing him as probable. HOWEVER, Dragic (knee) and McGruder (quad) are listed as questionable. Wade (paternity leave) and Waiters (ankle) are listed as out. Heat-Lakers 6 p.m. Sunday.
Ira Winderman: Dragic back for Heat. Starting lineup :Dragić, Richardson, McGruder, Winslow, Whiteside. Inactive: J. Johnson, Maten, Wade, Waiters.
Shandel Richardson: Goran Dragic among the first warming up. Appears he will play tonight vs. Wizards pic.twitter.com/jHYYZifawa
Ira Winderman: Dwyane Wade is listed as out for Friday’s game, in the wake of the birth of his daughter. Derrick Jones Jr. also is listed as out due to a bruised right knee. Goran Dragic is questionable due to a sore right knee.
Shandel Richardson: Per Heat, Goran Dragic will dress but not play tonight vs. Spurs
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra said MRI on Dragic’s right knee came back negative.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Dragic is expected to play. Said Goran doesn’t risk further damage with foot.
Ira Winderman: Whiteside out tonight. Right knee and will have tests Tuesday in Miami. Dragic will play tonight.
Ira Winderman: Hmm, Heat, on the NBA’s 5:30 p.m. injury report, have listed Hassan Whiteside as questionable for Monday vs. Detroit (and Andre Drummond) with a “right knee injury.” Dragic questionable with “right foot injury.” James Johnson (hernia) and Dion Waiters (ankle) out.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic will not play tonight, per Spoelstra.
Ira Winderman: Per @DavidFurones_ at Heat practice today: Dragic (foot) did not practice today. Spoelstra said he is expected to participate in shootaround tomorrow in Atlanta. Wade didn’t practice, with headache. Neither did Tyler Johnson (dehydration). Both expected to play.
Add Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat’s list of injured players. The Heat starting point guard was held out of the contact portion of Wednesday’s training camp practice at FAU after hurting his ankle on the first day of camp Tuesday.
Dragic didn’t seem too concerned about the setback and is hopeful he will be a full participant in practice soon. “It’s just a precaution,” Dragic said. “I tweaked it yesterday. It’s no swelling, it just hurts. I’m just trying to be smarter this time. I went through practice, but not 5-on-5.”
Tim Reynolds: Heat caught a break today. Goran Dragic turned an ankle when he went into one of the basket supports in the opening practice of camp. Very minor tweak, treated with ice afterward and he’s planning to practice tomorrow.
Anthony Chiang: Spoelstra said he expects @Goran Dragic to practice tomorrow. Heat did not practice today.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic (sore knee) is not playing tonight.
Ira Winderman: Goran Dragic doubtful for Heat finale due to knee pain.
Ira Winderman: Wade on playing tonight, “If Goran can get out there and play, anybody can get out there and play. Goran goes through a lot. If Goran’s suiting up then I’m suiting up.”
Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and James Johnson all will return to the Heat (43-36) lineup tonight against the Knicks (27-51) after each took off Wednesday in Atlanta to rest various ailments. Many believe the Heat would be better trying to fall out of the sixth spot and slip to seventh where they would face Boston, which will be be without All-Star Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart. But not the Heat. “We still have something to play for,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s why everybody is playing tonight.”
Manny Navarro: Goran Dragic (ankle), Dwyane Wade (wrist) and James Johnson (ankle) are all out tonight Spoelstra says. Everyone else playing for #Heat
Manny Navarro: Spo said guys were playing through injuries before. Right now Spo says this is a good time to get guys to full health.
Manny Navarro: Spo says @Goran Dragic will play tonight. Udonis Haslem will not play tonight (personal reasons).
Manny Navarro: Spoelstra said pregame Dragic originally bruised his knee in the win at Milwaukee and then aggravated it in Brooklyn.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow both out tonight according to #Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra
Goran Dragic said his strained left elbow felt a little bit better on Tuesday and he’s going to receive all the treatment he can over the next 24 hours with the hopes of getting back on the court Wednesday to help the shorthanded Miami Heat against the Boston Celtics. “The swelling went down a little bit, but still the pain is there,” the Heat’s starting point guard said Tuesday after practice. “So we’ve still got a night to try to do treatment as much as possible. We’ll go from there [Wednesday].”
The Heat also had to play without forward Justise Winslow (strained left knee) and starting point guard Goran Dragic (sore left elbow). Starting shooting guard Dion Waiters will play against the Hawks despite an illness that kept him out of shootaround.
Dragic, 31, will sit out Wednesday’s home preseason finale against the Washington Wizards. It marks the third consecutive preseason game Dragic has missed, as he continues to rest his body and mind after leading Slovenia to the EuroBasket championship in September. “It’s just trying to be fresh for the season,” Dragic said after Tuesday’s practice. “That’s the main thing, try to be hungry for those games. … You know, it helps me a little bit to recover, to get back to being that hungry guy again.”
Goran Dragic let on Tuesday about the hole truth, with the Miami Heat guard saying he is dealing with bursitis in his left foot. After playing Sunday’s loss to the Boston Celtics with a small hole cut out on the left side of his sneaker for the first time, Dragic was back with a similar styling as the Heat prepared for Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The veteran point guard is back in the mix for the Miami Heat after missing Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers with a right orbital contusion. “I mean, it’s a little bit blurry, but that’s normal,” Dragic said Wednesday, in advance of facing the New Orleans Pelicans at AmericanAirlines Arena. “Doc said it’s going to take time to clear the fluids, the swelling, but it’s much better.”
Dragic said he has taken note of the Rocky references, including one that involved Heat owner Micky Arison. “I saw a picture on Twitter where I’m in the corner and Micky Arison, he’s like in my corner, and I’m saying, ‘Cut me, Micky,’ ” he said of the reference to the Sylvester Stallone- Burgess Meredith scene. “That was really funny.”
Though he says his vision in his right eye is still “a little bit” blurry, Dragic believes it will improve much more by Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. tip off. “Pain is always there,” said Dragic, who was hurt when he was elbowed in the eye by Toronto’s Cory Joseph early in the third quarter of Saturday’s win over the Raptors. “If you touch it, it’s pain. If I move around the eyebrow a little bit, it hurts. But I mean, I already played with a lot of [other] injuries [when] it was hurting. The main thing is try to open the eye. Now it’s open, so I’m fine for [Wednesday’s game].”
For days, Dragic’s teammates have been playfully calling him “Rocky” or “Drago,” two characters from the classic Rocky movie series. Dragic said some teammates were even playing the original movie’s theme song Eye of the Tiger for him in the locker room and the team plane. “To hear him say ‘Cut me’ with his accent was pretty funny,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Dragic said his three-year old son Mateo was initially scared when he saw his father with his eye shut on Monday.
Miami HEAT: INJURY UPDATE: Goran Dragic says he’s “definitely” playing tomorrow night vs the Pelicans! #HEATisOn pic.twitter.com/2igtyjWvYD
Goran Dragic: Proud of my guys tonight….fought hard! Can’t wait to get back out there w/ em. No worries…Headed back home now to get the next one. 🔥🐲
Heat point guard Goran Dragic missed Sunday’s game against Indiana with an eye injury, with the condition worsening overnight to the point that he could not see out of his right eye on Sunday. But Dragic said doctors have assured him that there will be no longterm damage in the eye from the right orbital contusion sustained from an inadvertently elbow from Toronto’s Cory Joseph in the third quarter of Saturday’s win against Toronto.
“I cannot even see in the right eye,” Dragic said. “I didn’t imagine it was going to be so bad. The right eye is completely closed. The doctor checked the eye last night. He said the eye is fine. Just swelling. We will do treatment [to get some] swelling down. There’s just pressure. No pain.”
Ira Winderman: As expected, Josh Richardson to start in place of Dragic tonight.
Anthony Chiang: Just saw Goran walk into locker room & his eye is still basically swollen shut. Would be surprised if he plays. Then again, it is Goran.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic will not play, per Spoelstra.
On Saturday, before Miami’s 110-107 home loss to Memphis, Dragic had treatment but did not try to shoot. “I didn’t do nothing with my left arm,” Dragic said after the game. “Didn’t shoot, just tried to rest it. Just cardio and stuff to stay in shape. “They told me to calm it down.” The Heat are off today and will have a shoot around Monday before hosting the Celtics. Dragic scored six points and was 1-of-7 from the floor and had three turnovers in Detroit, the one game he did try to play through the injury.
Barry Jackson: Goran Dragic also remains out, return TBD. Will do light workout today and see how he feels. And Wayne Ellington still out.
Goran Dragic traveled with the Heat for Monday’s game in San Antonio, but he’s still not ready to return to the court yet. The Heat’s point guard is making progress in his recovery from a sprained left ankle, though. Dragic was out of his walking boot Monday after spending the past four days with it on, and swelling is down. “I’m doing my exercises, treatment and today I did the bike for the first time. So it feels better,” Dragic said after shootaround Monday in advance of the Heat’s matchup against the Spurs.
“We don’t know,” Dragic said when asked if there’s a timetable for his return. “It depends on how the ankle reacts. But it looks good, so I’m positive.”
Manny Navarro: Not surprising, but Goran Dragic (sprained left ankle) ruled out for the second straight game according to the #Heat’s team notes
Miami Heat: #UTAvsMIA INJURY UPDATE: Goran Dragic (sprained left ankle) will not play in tonight’s game vs the Jazz.
“I’m ready to play,” Dragic said. “I would already be playing if it was (up to) me. I’m doing everything. Everything. I’m trying to make sure everything is fine. I felt great the last two days, but they still think (I need) those two extra to make sure everything is fine.” Dragic said he argued adamantly with Spoelstra and trainer Jay Sabol in favor of playing, but was told no. “I would not say angry, but I’m disappointed– I don’t know how to say it,” Dragic said. “I want to get back out there with my teammates as quick as possible. But for sure I need to obey their opinion, because Jay knows about those injuries more than I do.”
Barry Jackson: Wade said he hopes to play tonight. Birdman out and of course Dragic and McRoberts also out tonight in Denver.
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Shams Charania: There’s hope Nunnally and Gordon can play tonight for Houston against Brooklyn, league sources said. Gordon has missed the last eight games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Cameron Payne to a second 10-day contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today. Payne (6-3, 190) signed his first 10-day contract with the Cavaliers on January 6th and has appeared in four games, averaging 8.8 points on .500 shooting from the field and 2.8 assists in 17.7 minutes per contest.
The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned guard Donte DiVincenzo and forward Christian Wood to the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League. DiVincenzo has played in 23 games with the Bucks this season and is averaging 4.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, while Wood has appeared in six games with Milwaukee and is averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds a contest.
Since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, when Steve Kerr took over in Oakland and the Warriors took over the NBA, 105 players have attempted at least 1,000 3-point shots. Of that group, Curry ranks first in overall makes and second in efficiency. It’s not fair, my dudes. He shoots more than anyone, and with the exception of the ridiculous Kyle Korver, he sinks them at a higher rate. No player in the history of the NBA has combined range, volume and efficiency from downtown as well as Curry, and over the course of the Warriors’ dynasty, he has changed the way the entire league looks at 3-point scoring. Curry’s jumper is so lethal that he has become the most efficient volume scorer on the planet — of the league’s top 20 scorers, nobody has a higher TS% than Curry. Not even Giannis Antetokounmpo, and all he does is dunk it.
To understand how prolific Ross has been, consider this: He averages 19.0 points per 36 minutes, the second-highest rate on the team. “You can bring him in the game and just go to him,” said Clifford, who typically puts Ross into games with three to four minutes remaining in the first quarter. “It’s not easy. There’s not many guys that can do it.”
The NBA is preparing to double down on policing its players, teams and staff amid the expansion of legalized sports gambling in the United States, deputy commissioner Mark Tatum told ESPN. Speaking in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, Tatum, who is also the NBA’s chief operating officer, revealed that moves have been made to get up to speed on the opportunities and threats surrounding the issue since May’s Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to sanction sportsbooks in a manner that has been commonplace in Europe for decades.
That will mean extra resources to prevent the kind of in-house infractions that have plagued a number of sports, such as soccer, tennis and cricket. Spanish police recently arrested 28 professional tennis players, including one who participated in the US Open, who were linked to a group accused of fixing matches. NBA’s gaming rules, overseen by the league’s security department, specifically prohibit betting, fixing or tipping, including the encouragement of others to place wagers, or exercising any “improper influence or manipulation.”