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Heat's Justise Winslow out for third consecutive game as injuries mount

Khobi Price, Sun Sentinel on

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MIAMI -- Justise Winslow will miss a third consecutive game due to a concussion when the Miami Heat take on the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"He's feeling better," coach Erik Spoelstra said after Monday's practice. "He's starting to feel more normal. He looked normal (Monday). With each day, we'll find out more."

Winslow got hit in the head in a collision with Nuggets forward Paul Millsap during Tuesday's loss to the Denver Nuggets. Millsap, who required stitches, went back to the locker room after shooting a pair of free throws, while Winslow finished the game.

Winslow didn't play in the Heat's victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday and was listed as inactive with a headache. Spoelstra confirmed on Friday before the Heat's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers that Winslow had a concussion and that he entered the NBA's concussion protocol.

A player in the protocol isn't allowed to return until:

--They're without concussion-related symptoms at rest.

 

--They've been evaluated by a physician.

--They've successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion process.

--A team physician has discussed the return-to-participation process and decision with the Director of the NBA Concussion Program.

Tuesday will mark the fifth game Winslow has missed this season. He didn't play in games against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 31 or the Houston Rockets on Nov. 3 due to lower back stiffness.

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