With Hassan Whiteside still out — and he is listed out for Miami’s win-or-go-golfing Game 6 Friday — the Heat could use the defense of Luol Deng. While he has struggled on offense, shooting just 35.9 percent, he’s still a decent defender and part of most their best lineups (he’s +13 this series).
The Heat may be without him for Game 6.
No fracture is good news (there were fears it was) and means it is possible he plays; it’s a matter of pain tolerance and effectiveness. If he’s not going to be able to his left hand, he may be more of a liability than an asset. That said, he’s a better option than Amar’e Stoudemire (who has been a disaster this series).