Tim Reynolds: Goran Dragic will play, Tyler Herro will not.
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Anthony Chiang: Heat’s Goran Dragic says ‘pretty bad’ ankle injury ‘getting better.’ He remains questionable for tonight’s game vs. Raptors miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… Also, Dragic on what it was like to watch the seven-game trip from home and the value of FaceTime
Tim Reynolds: Goran Dragic is questionable for tomorrow, Heat say.
Ira Winderman: Harkless, Leonard and Silva again out for Monday vs. Hornet. Herro, Dragic, Bradley are questionable. Iguodala and Vincent are probable.
Anthony Chiang: On 1:30 p.m. injury report, Jimmy Butler (protocols), Goran Dragic (left groin strain) and Tyler Herro (neck spasms) are questionable for tonight’s game vs. Clippers. But now Duncan Robinson (quad contusion) is also questionable.
Tim Reynolds: Avery Bradley is available. Goran Dragic is out. Tyler Herro is TBD.
Barry Jackson: Will Dragic be ready for start of camp? “We’ll see. I still need to go through hard practices and see how the foot will react. So far I feel good. The pain is over.”
Ira Winderman: Goran Dragic said pain is over with torn plantar fascia, “Still need to do MRI.” He said hard practices will let him know where he stands.
The foot injury will not require surgery, Dragic said. He’s expected to make a full recovery by simply resting it. “I love him to death. I wish I could play with him as a teammate for forever,” Heat All-Star wing Jimmy Butler said. “Because these are the moments that you cherish. He put his body on the line for me and the rest of our guys for this organization. That shows the type of player that he is and the type of person that he is. We go down swinging, I’m glad he was out there fighting with us.”
Spoelstra told a story that revealed just how unlikely Dragic’s return seemed a few days ago. “He texted me — the night he got hurt in Game 1 he texted, I got a text literally around 4:15 in the morning,” Spoelstra said. “He said, ‘Coach, don’t give up on me on this series. Give me a chance. I’ll find my way back.’ I talked to the trainers the next day and they said, ‘Not a chance.’ And sure enough, he was basically begging every one of us the last three games just to give him a chance.”
Erik Spoelstra: “That just shows you his character and how much he wants to give. Not for himself, he has already proved himself. He’s one of the most decorated players in this game, but he wanted to do it for his teammates, and he’s another one of those special human beings that I’m just honored that I’ve been able to coach him and develop that kind of relationship with him over the years.”
A source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Dragic had been told the injury couldn’t worsen by playing. However, the pain has been extreme and ultimately proved too much for the guard as he attempted to warm up ahead of Game 4.
Barry Jackson: Dragic: “I just wanted to be out there to help my team. The Lakers were better. Unfortunately [we] didn’t have it today.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami’s Goran Dragic has been determined to find a way to play in these NBA Finals with plantar fascia tear in his left foot — and source says he’s been told the injury can’t worsen by playing. Pain has been extreme, and he hadn’t been able to put much pressure on foot.
Jared Weiss: Heat confirm Herro will continue to start in place of Dragic, who is finally active after tearing his plantar fascia.
Jared Weiss: Erik Spoelstra won’t comment on Goran Dragic’s availability for tonight. But says he has been highly involved with the team the whole time he has been out. “Either way, he is going to make a big impact.”
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic (foot) remains doubtful for Sunday’s Game 6.
Ira Winderman: Goran Dragic is inactive tonight.
Harrison Faigen: Spoelstra is being cagey about Dragic, says there is no update on his status but won’t confirm if he’s warming up tonight or if there is a chance he’ll play.
Shams Charania: Heat guard Goran Dragic (torn plantar fascia) is missing Game 5 of NBA Finals against the Lakers, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ira Winderman: Goran Dragic (foot) is listed as doubtful on Heat 5 p.m. injury report for Friday’s Game 5 vs. Lakers. Bam Adebayo (neck) no longer is on the Heat injury report. Only other player listed is Gabe Vincent (knee), who is questionable.
Jared Weiss: Spoelstra says the Heat are minute to minute on deciding if Bam and Goran will play. “Bam has an intention he will warm up and pass the protocol to try to play…same with Goran.” He’ll find out in the next hour if they are playing.
Mirjam Swanson: Spoelstra: “Obviously they’re major components … but if neither one of them can play, our guys are steeled and ready for great competitive competition tonight.” Miami showed that much last time out, of course.
Malika Andrews: Goran Dragic is out on the court shooting. He did not warm up on the game court prior to Game 2 or Game 3. pic.twitter.com/cHIt2Mq4VR
Tim Reynolds: Goran Dragic (torn left plantar fascia) will put himself through a warmup before Game 4 tonight, source says. He wants to play. There is major doubt as to whether he can pull this off.
Michael C. Wright: Goran Dragic: “I’m doing everything I can do. It does feel better than when it happened. We will see. I don’t have [a] timetable yet.”
Ira Winderman: Dragic said he’s making progress, “then some days I’m the same. We’ll see. We’ll see.” Sounds unlikely for Tuesday and hardly optimistic about series. “How I feel right now is probably low [percentage], but they told me it could change day to day.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Erik Spoelstra says “I can see the anguish literally in their eyes” with Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic lobbying to play in Game 3. But Spoelstra says this is the most responsible thing to do for the Heat by ruling both out.
Tim Reynolds: Bam Adebayo (neck) and Goran Dragic (plantar fascia) are out of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, source tells AP.
Shams Charania: Miami’s Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic being listed doubtful for Game 3 of NBA Finals against the Lakers, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Tim Reynolds: There is some hope that Bam Adebayo (neck strain) will be well enough to attempt playing in Game 3. Optimism isn’t as high for Goran Dragic (plantar fascia), who – like Bam – is getting near-constant treatment.
“We’ve got to play with a level of desperation,” Adebayo told Yahoo Sports. “That’s what I see. We’ve got to be a desperate team and come out with a lot of energy from the jump. I’m confident we can turn things around.” Heat point guard Goran Dragic was sidelined for Game 2 as well with a left plantar tear in his foot. His status for Game 3 is unknown. “We just got to continue to fight,” Adebayo told Yahoo Sports. “We’ve done it all year.”
Ira Winderman: Now officially official: Bam Adebayo (neck) and Goran Dragic (foot) have been officially downgraded to out for tonight vs. Lakers.
Harrison Faigen: Erik Spoelstra said he had to “play the role of not just coach, but parent these last 24 hours” because Goran and Bam were both lobbying so hard to play. “I ultimately had to take the decision out of their hands for tonight.”
Shams Charania: Heat guard Goran Dragic (torn plantar fascia) has been ruled out of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Lakers, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Dragic is Miami’s second-leading postseason scorer at 19.9 points per game.
Anthony Chiang: Was told earlier today that Goran Dragic was unlikely to play tonight, which is why he’s listed as doubtful. Dragic has been able to put some pressure on his injured foot, but there’s obviously pain that comes with a torn plantar fascia.
Tim Reynolds: The only way Goran Dragic could play tonight is if there’s some way to mitigate the amounts of pain that would come from trying to run, jump and cut on a torn plantar fascia. It would not be insignificant pain, either.
Ira Winderman: Heat injury report: Bam Adebayo (Neck Strain) Doubtful Goran Dragić (Left Foot Torn Plantar Fascia) Doubtful Chris Silva (Left Pubic Bone Stress Fracture) Questionable Gabe Vincent (Right Knee Soreness) Questionable) (Jimmy Butler, ankle, is not on the injury report.)
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Goran Dragic (left foot torn plantar fascia) is listed as doubtful to play in tomorrow’s #NBAFinals Game 2 vs the Lakers. Bam Adebayo is also listed as doubtful after a MRI revealed a neck strain (left side). (Spoelstra says new injury for Adebayo.)
Jared Weiss: Informed Jimmy Butler of reports that Goran Dragic has a torn plantar fascia: “With or without Goran, we’re still expected to win. We know we still can. He’s a big part of what we’re trying to do, but until we can have him back we gotta fight even harder. We gotta even this 1-1.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Miami’s Goran Dragic has suffered a plantar tear of left foot, source tells ESPN.
Marc Stein: Goran Dragic’s status for the rest of the NBA Finals remains TBD, according to a league source, after he sustained a plantar tear in his left foot. A return in this series has not yet been ruled out
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic has suffered a torn left plantar, a source confirms. His status for the rest of the series is still to be determined and he hasn’t been ruled out for the remainder of the Finals yet.
Tim Reynolds: Jimmy Butler is warming up and Goran Dragic is in his game shorts. So, yeah.
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat: Postgame X-rays of Goran Dragic’s ankle were negative. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Heat’s next game Thursday vs. Bucks.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler not on the 5:30 p.m. injury report for tomorrow’s 1:30 p.m. game against the Raptors. Only Heat players on report: Bam Adebayo is probable with a right quadriceps contusion. Goran Dragic is probable with upper back spasms.
Anthony Chiang: Heat injury update for tomorrow’s game vs. Magic: Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic questionable. Bam Adebayo (right ankle soreness) probable. Justise Winslow remains out.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Heat guard Goran Dragic (groin) is missing his ninth straight game tonight vs. Sixers, but there’s optimism that he can make his return on Friday against New York, league sources tell ESPN. Dragic’s averaged 16 points in 28 minutes a game this season.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra says Goran Dragic (sick) will not play tonight. Jimmy Butler is at the AAA and is preparing to play.
Ira Winderman: As expected, it will be Heat Lite tonight in Charlotte on second night of preseason back-to-back: Jimmy Butler (Illness) Out; Goran Dragić (Load Management, Right Knee) Out; James Johnson (Conditioning) Out; Kelly Olynyk (Right Knee Bruise) Out; Justise Winslow (Rest) Out
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic said no further surgery is planned this offseason. He just needs to work on getting his leg stronger.
Anthony Chiang: Spoelstra says Goran Dragic is available to play tonight.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic (left calf strain), James Johnson (slight left AC sprain), Kelly Olynyk (right ankle sprain), Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) all QUESTIONABLE for tomorrow’s game vs. Nets. Derrick Jones Jr. probable with bruised right knee.
Shandel Richardson: First appearance for Goran Dragic since the injury
Ethan J. Skolnick: Erik Spoelstra says Goran Dragic will play tonight but not start
Barry Jackson: James Johnson diagnosed with slight left AC sprain in shoulder and doubtful for Pistons Saturday. Dragic questionable
Barry Jackson: Spoelstra said Dragic likely will not be active tonight
The Miami Heat return from the NBA All-Star break for the final 26 games of the regular season with a big boost in point guard Goran Dragic returning to practice from knee injury, along with forward Derrick Jones Jr. Both will travel with the team to Philadelphia and be available for Thursday’s game against the 76ers.
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Joe Mullinax: Ja Morant with 35 points and 10 assists. The Grizzlies with back-to-back huge wins setting themselves up to close out the first half of the season really well despite all of the other things. This team is different.
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel, on Trezz’s defense this season. “He’s working really hard. He’s giving great effort in the schemes that we’re putting in, which are complex… We’re working with him on those, but I feel like he’s doing a great job picking things up.”
Harrison Faigen: Frank didn’t want to make too much of LeBron’s D the last 2 games, because he thinks he’s been great all year. “The last two opponents we’ve had a lot more double teams, which activates our back side, so I think it’s a combination of the scheme that we’re in, plus his mindset.”