The Heat are fighting for position in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race, and they’ve just lost a major piece of their backcourt depth for the next while. Second-year point guard Tyler Johnson, who had broken out as a solid backup shooting 38.6 percent from three-point range, needs surgery on his left shoulder.
The Heat announced in a press release that Johnson will undergo rotator cuff surgery:
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.
Yahoo’s Shams Charania reports that Johnson will miss at least two months:
This is a huge blow for the Heat, who are down to two healthy point guards in Goran Dragic and Beno Udrih, both of whom have had their own injury concerns. It will be interesting to see whether this affects what the Heat do at the trade deadline, because they need bodies.