With the stretch run about to hit following the All-Star break, the Miami Warmth are gaining two essential reinforcements: per stories out of Miami, Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. are on their means again to the rotation, although probably below a minutes restriction.
Each gamers practiced full-contact 5-on-5 Wednesday and can be found for Miami’s recreation at Philadelphia on Thursday. Dragic has performed in solely two of Miami’s final 41 video games, and underwent surgical procedure to scrub out his proper knee in December. Jones received bone bruises in his proper knee after a fall in a recreation at New York final month.
Erik Spoelstra mentioned each Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. will journey to Philadelphia with the Warmth and be obtainable, however he added “I nonetheless assume they want slightly extra work.”
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With Dragic out, Justice Winslow assumed the majority of the ball-handling, and stands to have his quick position impacted essentially the most. Dragic has commanded the offense at any time when wholesome, and Winslow might want to readjust to extra off-ball motion.
“The entire me-Goran level guard factor, I’m not too anxious about it,” Winslow mentioned. “Goran, he’s established himself on this league in that position. You already know, clearly, there have been occasions in his profession the place he’s been off the ball, as nicely, nonetheless being within the level guard position however off the ball.
Jones was initially anticipated to be out for at the least just a few extra weeks.
“Oh, to be younger, and it might have been so much worse,” Spoelstra mentioned of Jones’ faster-than-expected restoration. “One, the youth performed an element. Two, the work that he’d been placing in behind the scenes, creating his physique, strengthening his legs for the primary time in his life.
Dragic, an All-Star final season, was averaging 15.three factors and four.9 assists earlier than surgical procedure. Jones is averaging 7.four factors this season.
Miami (26-30) at present ranks ninth within the Japanese Convention.
Info from the Related Press was used on this report.