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Joe Mullinax: Justise Winslow is officially good to go, per Coach Jenkins. “We’re really excited about it, and he’s ready to get back out there”
Evan Barnes: It’s been 13 months since Justise Winslow last played in an NBA game. That could change tonight as he’s been upgraded to questionable for the Grizzlies-Suns game. Grizzlies will be without four rotation players so his return could be a big help.
Justise Winslow described it as one in a million. The play that knocked the wing out for the rest of the 2019-2020 season is one he hopes was only a bit of bad luck. “That’s the thing about it,” Winslow said, referring to the moment the injury occurred during the Grizzlies’ trip to the Orlando bubble in July. “ . . . It was just kind of an awkward play and I was off balance. I got pushed off my dribble and went to plant. Next thing you know I was getting an MRI. It wasn’t the most physical play. You kind of just saw me get pushed and get thrown off balance. That’s when the injury occurred. It’s kind of a freak thing.”
The Grizzlies have not put a timetable on his return, but Winslow noted that he hopes to get back on the court sometime this month. “The recovery has been going well,” he said. “It’s been a long process for me, even since getting traded here almost a year ago now. Battling injuries, being back healthy and then going through the bubble again; I’m feeling great. My hip feels great. I’m really close to getting back on the court, hopefully sometime this month. I really don’t have an exact day in mind.”
“Just with COVID-19, and how our team has had to miss a week of practice and that sort of thing, that’s set me back. Just without being able to have proper access to workouts and things like that. So, it’s just been a crazy year for me, then you incorporate all the injuries with COVID-19 and the regulations.”
NBA Central: Justise Winslow is expected to miss the start of the season pic.twitter.com/I89pvWQ5ad
Joe Mullinax: Coach Taylor Jenkins says Jaren and Justise are two key players who due to the December start will not be rushed in terms of a return. Health remains a priority (as it should).
During the team’s trip to the Orlando bubble in July, Jaren Jackson Jr. tore the meniscus in his left knee. He returned from the trip early to begin his rehab. His teammate, Justise Winslow, who was also injured in the bubble, is rehabbing his injury with him. “I had a quicker start to my offseason getting healthy again and getting workouts and all that,” Jackson said. “I’ve been basically seeing Justise every day of my life, literally. We’ve been in there grinding. We made it a goal to never have a bad day and we’ve never had a bad day pretty much ever.”
Jackson wants to let their offseason workouts do the talking. The recovering Grizz players post videos of their rehab workouts every few days. “Just wait, we don’t even like to talk about it,” the 21-year-old said. “We want to let our action speak, but we are waiting to see when we can let our actions speak and get back out there.”
“I feel so bad for Justise … He had a really good first two weeks before he got hurt while we were scrimmaging (in the bubble). We are all very encouraged with the fit there. He gets along great with the guys and really seems ready to take on a leadership role within this group.” “There was zero existing hip pathology. It was a freak injury. It’s non-surgical for Justise and he is making great progress. He’s going to finish out the rehab (in Memphis).”
“No. His back injury from earlier in the season, he was fully recovered and ready to go with no prior history of back injuries. “This hip injury that he suffered, again, he has no prior history of hip injuries. It’s hard to draw any other conclusion other than they were freak incidents.”
Drew Hill: No surgery needed for Justise Winslow. He will also rehab in Memphis.
The Memphis Grizzlies today provided the following medical update on Grizzlies forward Justise Winslow: During Monday’s practice, Justise Winslow fell after absorbing contact during an intra-squad scrimmage. Medical evaluation revealed a hip injury, which will cause him to miss the rest of the season. Winslow is expected to make a full recovery.
Nearly three months later, Jenkins suggested that Jackson, Winslow and Clarke should be ready to go. “When it comes to Justise, BC and JJ, those guys are looking and feeling good,” said Jenkins. “Once we get to Orlando, we can finally do five-on-five workouts and scrimmages and we’ll get a better feel. But all indications are those guys will be ready to go.”
Anthony Chiang: The Heat’s expectation is that Justise Winslow (lower back bone bruise) will not join the team on its five-game trip, which leads directly into the All-Star break.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra said Justise Winslow will be out for the next two weeks with his back injury and will be re-evaluated at that point.
Tim Reynolds: If it’s two weeks before Winslow is evaluated again, as Erik Spoelstra just told the reporters at shootaround in OKC, that means seven more games missed at minimum. It also means, again at minimum, that he’ll miss 25 games in a 26-game stretch.
Barry Jackson: Winslow not traveling to OKC and San Antonio. Remains out indefinitely with back.
Shandel Richardson: Justise Winslow will not play tomorrow against the Spurs. No timetable on his return.
He then was ruled out Friday morning from Friday night’s loss against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center, before later in the day also being ruled out of Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. According to a source familiar with the situation, Winslow is expected to see a back specialist this coming week.
The team declined to make Winslow available for comment, citing its interview policy with sidelined players. The team also has declined to offer a medical update, other than listing Winslow as out for Sunday due to “Lower Back; Bone bruise.” Winslow, however, appears to be in disagreement with the team over the approach with the injury.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow’s return will have to wait. And Jimmy Butler also out vs. Trail Blazers miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…
Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra says Justise Winslow is “making progress,” but says no other update. Says video of things Winslow did today before walkthrough are similar to what he has been doing at practices as he works through lower-back bone bruise.
Ira Winderman: Justise Winslow did not travel to Washington. So out again Monday with the back issue.
Ira Winderman: Justise Winslow still not cleared to begin his concussion protocol testing, Spoelstra says.
Anthony Chiang: Heat injury report for tonight’s game vs. Lakers: Derrick Jones Jr. (left hip strain) out Justise Winslow (concussion protocol) out Dion Waiters (illness) out KZ Okpala (left Achilles strain) out Daryl Macon (G League) out
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Winslow out. Waiters questionable.
Shandel Richardson: Dion Waiters is inactive. Justise Winslow and Derrick Jones Jr expected to play
Ira Winderman: Both Winslow and Jones worked in practice.
Ira Winderman: Heat hurting. For Sunday vs. Rockets: Jimmy Butler (left foot bruise) questionable Justise Winslow (lower back stiffness) questionable KZ Okpala (left Achilles tendinitis) out Derrick Jones, Jr. (left groin strain) out
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra said he does not expect Justise Winslow to play tonight. Kendrick Nunn will slide over to point guard in Winslow’s absence. Spoelstra’s called Winslow’s lower back stiffness a day-to-day injury.
Ira Winderman: Justise Winslow says he is out.
Winslow now has missed the past eight games, including Saturday in New York, with a bruised left thigh. McGruder has missed the past seven with a sore left knee. “As much treatment, work as they can get, around the clock, that’s their focus right now,” Spoelstra said of the three players left behind.
Tim Reynolds: Winslow, McGruder and Richardson did not travel with the Heat to New York today.
Anthony Chiang: Asked Spoelstra about Winslow’s thigh bruise. Spoelstra: “These things just take time. I don’t have an update on it. But the body will heal when it will heal.”
Anthony Chiang: Spoelstra said Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Rodney McGruder are all out tonight.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow and Rodney McGruder will not play tonight, per Erik Spoelstra.
Barry Jackson: Heat hoping Winslow can return next week. Listed as out tonight at Wizards
Barry Jackson: Adebayo will play and Winslow and McGruder doubtful says Spoelstra
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo (right hip bruise) questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Bucks. Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) and Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) doubtful.
Shandel Richardson: Rodney McGruder and Justise Winslow are both out vs Spurs tomorrow
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) and Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) out for tonight’s game vs. Thunder. Dwyane Wade (right hip bruise) probable.
Shandel Richardson: Derrick Jones Jr, Rodney McGruder and Justise Winslow are available
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra, “This will be a fun game for the guys playing.” Of the injuries, Spoelstra said, “those won’t be long-term deals.”
Ira Winderman: Injuries keep piling up for Heat. Tonight vs. Suns: James Johnson – Questionable (shoulder) Rodney McGruder – Out (knee) Justise Winslow – Out (knee) Derrick Jones Jr.– Questionable (illness)
Tim Reynolds: Justise Winslow WILL play tonight. Yante Maten active.
Anthony Chiang: Heat starting T. Johnson, Richardson, McGruder, J. Johnson, Whiteside tonight vs. Rockets. Justise Winslow (ankle) is an active scratch
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson will play vs. Rockets. Justise Winslow’s status for tonight’s game is still up in the air.
Tim Reynolds: Yante Maten will be active only if Justise Winslow is not, it would seem. Still TBD. (Mante was a lovely autocorrect error.)
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Justise Winslow (experiencing right ankle pain) will not return to tonight’s game vs the Pelicans.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow will play vs. Raptors today.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Winslow, Jones and Ellington will play tonight. Duncan Robinson is not with the team tonight, on his two-way contract.
Ira Winderman: From Heat: INJURY UPDATE: James Johnson (hernia), Dion Waiters (ankle) & Justise Winslow (hamstring) have all been ruled out of tonight’s game vs the Wizards. Wayne Ellington (ankle) will be active but is not expected to play.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington will not play tonight. Both expected to miss tomorrow’s game vs. Wizards too.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow received four stitches over his left eye.
Manny Navarro: Winslow heads to the locker room likely for stitches.
Anthony Chiang: Kelly Olynyk will not play. Wayne Ellington is doubtful. Justise Winslow will play.
Heat forward Justise Winslow returned to the court for the first time in more than a month Sunday afternoon, and played a role in Miami’s 97-79 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The third-year player from Duke, sidelined for 14 games with a strained left knee, played 13 minutes for the Heat, finishing with three points, four rebounds and four assists.
Ira Winderman: Neither Justise Winslow nor Dion Waiters are traveling with the Heat on this two-game trip to Toronto and Indiana. After that the Heat next play at home Sunday Vs. Bucks.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow both out tonight according to #Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra
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April 13, 2021 | 6:54 pm EDT Update
Kansas forward Jalen Wilson announced that he has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft today. “I am grateful to say that with prayer and discussion with Coach (Bill) Self and my family, I will test the NBA draft process,” said Wilson. Wilson will retain NCAA eligibility while testing the draft process.
Miami Hurricanes redshirt senior guard Kameron McGusty has decided to enter his name into the NBA draft, but that doesn’t mean his time at UM is necessarily done. “I am entering my name into the 2021 NBA Draft, while maintaining my collegiate eligibility at the University of Miami,” McGusty said in a social media statement on Monday evening.