Heat attention turns from scouting reports to medical reports amid break

Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

The hope this week is of the Miami Heat getting a better sense of self, in what has turned more into a quest for healing than necessarily an upgrade at Thursday’s NBA trading deadline.

After losing Saturday night to the Milwaukee Bucks to close out a 1-3 trip, the Heat limped back to South Florida short on bodies and again long on medical questions, questions that seemingly all come with answers due this week.

Saturday’s loss came with the Heat able to dress only nine players, six short of the league maximum, playing only eight.

No, not easy.

“It’s not,” said forward Jimmy Butler, who scored 32 in the 123-115 loss to the Bucks at Fiserv Forum.

“But,” said guard Tyler Herro, who added 24, “we feel like we have enough.”


As soon as Monday, the Heat should learn when they will have more.

The trip began with point guard Kyle Lowry and center Orlando Robinson both available and ambulatory. It ended with both looking on in street clothes in Milwaukee.

Robinson fractured his left thumb in the second half of Tuesday night’s victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Heat’s lone win on the trip, with the Heat saying further evaluation would come after Sunday’s return.

With Robinson having only nine NBA days left on his two-way contract, a read on his status could be crucial, with the Heat otherwise needing to clear salary-cap space below the luxury tax to convert him to a standard contract.


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