Anthony Chiang: Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson not on injury report for tomorrow’s game vs. Magic. But Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Derrick Jones Jr. and Dion Waiters have been ruled out. Bam Adebayo is doubtful.
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He returns to full-contact drills in three weeks. “My problem is I don’t know when to take my foot off the gas,” Johnson said. “I always want to just grind through it and be there for my team. In the long run, I think sometimes I hurt myself by trying to push through some of the injuries that I was playing with and I would have little slumps that I was going through.”
Q: How’s your surgically-repaired left thumb healing? Tyler Johnson: “Good. It’s going really good. I got a couple more weeks and I’ll be out the cast completely and just rehabbing. So, it’s going well.” Q: How will it feel when you finally take the cast off? Tyler: “Good. Right now, it’s a little bit of a special cast. So I can tighten it and untighten it, so it’s not as restrictive as what it would be like fully, fully wrapped up. That’s a plus, I guess.”
The Miami HEAT announced today that guard Tyler Johnson underwent successful surgery this morning to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The procedure was performed by Dr. Anne Ouellette and HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Doctors Hospital. Johnson will be in a cast for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery and be available for training camp.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra said no limitation with Tyler Johnson due to thumb.
Tyler Johnson said X-rays on his left thumb were negative. After crashing into Embiid on a screen, “I lost my balance when I ran into him. I tried to brace myself on the floor and jammed my thumb. It’s a little sore, nothing that’s not manageable.”
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Tyler Johnson sustained a sprained right ankle in the 2nd quarter of tonight’s game vs the Bulls. He will not return.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Whiteside, Adebayo, Wade and Tyler Johnson will all play.
Manny Navarro: #Heat’s Tyler Johnson is active and available to play tonight. Whether he does is up to Spo.
Ira Winderman: Wayne Ellington is out tonight, with Tyler Johnson still questionable.
Ira Winderman: Looking like Tyler Johnson back tonight.
Manny Navarro: #Heat has ruled out Tyler Johnson for tonight’s game in Charlotte.
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson went to see doctor for second opinion today. Nothing new found. It’s still just a sprained ankle and he will not play vs. Nets tomorrow.
Tyler Johnson does not know the pain associated with a knee injury. So, when Bulls center Robin Lopez landed on the back of his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game and he felt something in his knee. … he was very worried. “Initially it felt like my knee popped,” Tyler said today after watching his Miami Heat teammates go through their shootaround in preparation for tonight’s game against the Bucks. “That’s why when I went down I started grabbing at my knee and that was what was more worrisome than anything else.
Goran Dragic explained why there was such a look of concern of the faces of the Heat players as Tyler Johnson writhed on the court in pain Monday in Chicago. “I’ve never seen Tyler stay down like that,” Dragic said.
But to have the entire team race the length of the court as he stayed down was testimony to what this team thinks of Tyler. “Tyler’s one of those guys that you never know,” said James Johnson, who is as close to Tyler as any player on the team. “He could have had a broken leg, and he’d still be sitting here making sure we was all good, making sure that our spirits were still high. But it’s hard to read that guy.” “We’re all in the trenches together. And we all have respect for Tyler and we all love him. It don’t surprise me.”
Barry Jackson: Heat says at this point no MRI scheduled for Tyler Johnson. Left on crutches, didn’t comment.
Ira Winderman: Perhaps good news for Heat, per Heat: Tyler Johnson (sprained left ankle) will not return to today’s game vs Chicago. X-rays returned negative.
Manny Navarro: #Heat spokesman says Tyler Johnson will now try and play tonight.
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson (strained left shoulder) will not play tonight vs. Pacers.
Manny Navarro: Tyler Johnson will play tonight for the #Heat. He missed Wednesday’s game with flu-like symptoms
Ira Winderman: Tyler Johnson upgraded to probable for Friday in Utah.
Ira Winderman: Tyler Johnson and James Johnson out tonight for Heat.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra says Hassan Whiteside will play tonight. Tyler Johnson will be a game-time decision.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says MRI taken on Tyler Johnson and came back negative.
Barry Jackson: Tyler Johnson out with strained shoulder. Will be day to day.
Tyler Johnson always has been reluctant to wear a mouth guard, even after having three teeth knocked out during his career dating back to college. But one thing has persuaded him. “I missed a game,” the Heat guard said. “I can’t miss games because I’m missing teeth.” So tonight during the start of Miami’s three-game road trip in Denver, Johnson will be wearing a thin, black guard in a game for the first time.
Ethan J. Skolnick: Tyler Johnson on the court for the first time in nearly 3 months.
Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra said Tyler Johnson mostly will be emergency option, “He’s tested it as much as he could possibly test it,” Spoesltra on shoulder.
The ongoing word on Heat guard Tyler Johnson’s status has been “he’s getting closer,” but now he appears to be on the verge of a return. Johnson, who has been out since undergoing rotator cuff surgery in his left shoulder at the start of February, has been pain-free the past two days and could be back after Game 5 on Wednesday.
Jason Lieser: Tyler Johnson running stadiums. instagram.com/p/BEoypWWiP_7/
Ira Winderman: Tyler Johnson told me, “I’m sore again today.” Playoffs not looking likely at the outset.
He said Tuesday he remains optimistic about his earlier goal of getting back on the court before the playoffs start. There are five games left before the regular season ends April 13. “I want to,” he said. “I’m still on track. I’m still optimistic about it, for sure. It’s really based on how I feel. We go through the same routine after every workout to see how it feels and the next day coming in and seeing how it feels. When it’s sore I usually don’t work out two days in a row. That’s what we’re trying to be able to do, put consecutive days together.”
The Heat’s second-year combo guard, who had surgery Wednesday in Miami to a repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, told The Miami Herald Sunday he’s going to try and come back for the playoffs in mid April, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be healthy enough or ready to contribute. “The doctors said it’s going to be two to three months before I can resume contact,” Johnson said. “It’s a possibility [I could be back for the playoffs]. But we’ve just got to see. Again, we’re not trying to rush it back. If it feels healthy by then, and I’m actually able to contribute and not just be out there trying to figure it out during the playoffs, [then I’ll play]. [The playoffs are] not the time to try and figure out if you can go. If there’s a couple practices before it, I’ll try and practice and figure out what I can do.”
The HEAT announced today that guard Tyler Johnson will undergo rotator cuff surgery in his left shoulder. The procedure will take place this Wednesday, February 3 at Doctors Hospital in Miami and be performed by HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick. Johnson has appeared in 36 games (five starts) with the HEAT this season averaging 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 24.0 minutes while shooting 48.8 percent from the field.
Johnson’s final timetable to return will be set after surgery. Johnson visited an orthopedic surgeon on Sunday, when it was determined he would undergo surgery. He strained the shoulder in mid-December and has tried to play through the injury.
Shams Charania: Miami’s Tyler Johnson will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this week and likely out two-plus months, league sources tell The Vertical.
Ira Winderman: After telling Sun Sentinel surgery was being considered, Tyler Johnson will undergo shoulder procedure, miss 2 months, Sun Sentinel confirms
Ira Winderman: Source tells Sun Sentinel that Heat have given go ahead for Johnson shoulder surgery.
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Russell Westbrook sat out Friday’s game against the LA Clippers, the second straight game he has missed as he recovers from knee surgery, but he is eyeing a possible return in Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings.
After going through an energetic post-shootaround workout, which included a few emphatic tomahawk dunks, Westbrook met with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s medical staff and decided to sit against the Clippers. He has been increasing his practice workload, including being cleared for basically full-contact practices and drills. “A lot of it is him and the medical staff talking to each other and him giving feedback,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “In my conversations with him, it’s always how he’s feeling the next day. And I think for him, he needs to be right because you don’t want to have something lingering. And he knows his body better than anybody else.”
Erik Horne: Donovan on Russell Westbrook: “If he was cleared to play, he’d be playing.” Donovan says Westbrook is still doing controlled contact. “Russell, the medical staff, they’re all communicating.”
Jimmy Butler encouraged the fans to boo him, and the Minnesota crowd obliged. But some appeared to quickly forget their anger. The Timberwolves’ home opener began Friday night with Butler getting heartily booed during introductions before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers. It ended with Butler on the free-throw line to seal a 131-123 victory and some of the same fans showering the disgruntled star with an “M-V-P!” chant. “I knew as soon as I made an effort play, it was going to turn into cheers,” Butler said. “I like it, though. Like I told you, it’s OK to boo me. I’m still going to play hard. I’m still going to try to my best to help win games. Boos, cheers, silence, I’ve got a job to do.”
Butler has been at the center of turmoil since demanding a trade last month. In an interview earlier this week, Butler said he anticipated a negative response from T’wolves fans but didn’t seem worried about it. “Sure. Go ahead, boo me,” Butler told The Athletic. “It ain’t going to change the way I play. That’s going to make me smile more. So please, come on with it.”
Jerebko crashed the basket and tipped in a shot against his former team with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Golden State Warriors to a 124-123 victory over the Jazz on Friday night. “My teammates knew this was a big game for me coming back here. I wanted to win and told them I really wanted this one,” said Jerebko, who couldn’t stop smiling after the victory.