ATLANTA (AP) — All-Star guard Dwyane Wade missed Miami’s game Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks because of soreness in the back of his left knee, leaving the short-handed Heat without another key player.
Miami also was without center Hassan Whiteside, who is suspended for one game, and All-Star forward Chris Bosh, who is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his leg.
The Heat traded center Chris Andersen and forward Jarnell Stokes this week as it sought to gain more flexibility under the NBA’s salary cap.
Wade described the pain as “just a little uncomfortable.” He said he will have a MRI on the knee on Saturday.
“I gave it a couple days to see if it would go away,” Wade said. “It didn’t, so I just want to go back and get another, second opinion. But it’s nothing I’m overly concerned about. It’s just some soreness I haven’t felt in a while so I just want to make sure everything’s good.”
Wade’s injury left the Heat with nine healthy players.
“Obviously it’s never a good time but if you say there’s a bad time, this is a bad time,” Wade said.
Guard Gerald Green moved into the starting lineup.
Whiteside was suspended one game without pay for throwing an elbow at San Antonio center Boban Marjanovic‘s head on Feb. 9.
AP freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd contributed to this report.
When you think of NBA players who are likely smooth on the dance floor, the first name that comes to mind is…
Okay, maybe not. But as Porzingis fever sweeps New York, Kenny Ducey of Sports Illustrated dug up this video of Porzingis dancing with teammates from his old Spanish team, Cajasol Sevilla.
And this one.
It doesn’t get any better than that. Well, dancing does get better than that. A lot better. I mean unintentional comedy doesn’t get better than that.
(Hat tip Eye on Basketball.)
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert sprained his left shoulder in Thursday’s win over Chicago and could miss some upcoming games.
Shumpert did not practice Friday and coach Tyronn Lue said the team’s best perimeter defender is day-to-day with the injury. Shumpert missed six weeks last season after dislocating the same shoulder. He did not have surgery.
Lue said Shumpert got hurt while trying to make a steal against the Bulls. Lue initially said Shumpert “tweaked” his shoulder, but the team later said he sprained it and his status for Sunday’s game in Oklahoma City will be determined before the team departs Saturday.
Meanwhile, forward Channing Frye, acquired before Thursday’s trading deadline from Orlando in a three-team deal, only watched practice as he continues to go through procedures with his new team. Frye is expected to practice Saturday. Lue said he would have no reservations about using Frye after just one practice.
For young players coming off major injuries, NBA Summer League games often become a first step back into action — real games (albeit sloppy ones), a chance to get some sweat and shake off some rust. A chance to feel like a basketball player again.
But that’s not where Joel Embiid will make his return, according to the Sixers GM Sam Hinkie, who spoke to the media Friday.
The Sixers’ No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft has missed the past two seasons following foot injuries, and right now he is at a specialized sports facility in Qatar doing rehab, Hinkie said. Yes, Qatar, the ridiculous home of the 2022 World Cup. Hinkie vouched for the facility, and said he expects Embiid to be ready to go at the start of next season.
“I’ve always been excited about him because he has rare gifts and a real chance to have a fantastic NBA career,” Hinkie said.
There are a lot of fans rolling their eyes at that, but a simple fact remains — he could be the best player on the Sixers roster. He is tone one guy scouts thought had superstar potential, more than Jahlil Okafor, it was just a matter of if he could stay healthy. That hasn’t happened so far, but it’s too early for the Sixers to give up on him.
The Boston Celtics worked with David Lee‘s agent to find the power forward out of Brad Stevens rotation a new home via trade, but his $15.5 million salary made that next to impossible. (He certainly would have been part of a big deal Boston nearly pulled off but that ultimately fell through.) When the trade deadline passed on Thursday, Lee was still a Celtic.
Friday, the Celtics announced they have waived Lee, part of a buyout agreement.
Once Lee clears waivers — a certainty, no team has the cap space to claim him off waivers — he will be an unrestricted free agent. The Dallas Mavericks are the front-runners to sign him, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Other teams will try to get their foot in the door with Lee, on a veteran minimum deal he provides real value. Lee has said his decision will be about winning but also about minutes and not being glued to the bench. As happened in Golden State last season (until the Finals) and Boston this season.
Dallas has Dirk Nowitzki at the four, Dwight Powell backs him up. There is Zaza Pachulia at the five, and JaVale McGee behind him. Lee could provide some minutes in that rotation, especially in a small ball lineup.
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