he unceasing injuries of 2016-17 appear to be making a comeback for the Miami Heat, with Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic all off the practice court Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Whiteside, who has missed the past two games with a bone bruise on his left knee, has been ruled out for Wednesday night's visit by the San Antonio Spurs, with the team saying there would be no further update until before Saturday's game against the visiting Boston Celtics. Waiters, who turned his problematic left ankle during Monday's victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks, sat out the closing stages of that game and is questionable for Wednesday. He left Tuesday's practice before media availability. Dragic, who bruised his right thigh when fighting through a screen early against the Hawks, said he plans to play Wednesday. All the while, the Heat remain without forward Rodney McGruder, who underwent leg surgery last week. Asked if the Heat could be back to where they were last season, when coach Erik Spoelstra seemingly had to spin a wheel of lineups nightly due to injuries, Dragic smiled. "I'm hoping not," he said. "I can only talk about my situation. I'm not going to be out, definitely not. I'm hoping that Dion, he's going to be back." Guard Tyler Johnson said the Heat learned to play through injuries when going 30-11 over the second half of last season, including Waiters missing the final 13 games with issues with that left ankle.
Hassan Whiteside out for Heat vs. Spurs; Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic ailing
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Oct 24