The Miami Heat survived against the Brooklyn Nets without Luol Deng and Dwyane Wade. They'll probably have to do the same thing on Thursday against the L.A. Clippers as they both are considered doubtful at this point.
Wade and Deng did not take part in contact of practice on Wednesday and it seems unlikely that they would be upgraded to playing an actual game without that. Wade hasn't played since a week ago when the Heat lost to the Pacers. He's been trying to heal a hamstring stretch and he's been very precautionary.
Deng hurt his wrist and is having pain when he shoots the basketball. That's not a good thing. Deng has only missed one game so far because of this (BKN).
Luol Deng (wrist) and Dwyane Wade (hamstring) were both limited participants in today’s team practice.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 19, 2014
On the positive side of injuries, Danny Granger made his season debut on Monday's win as he started in place of Luol Deng. And Josh McRoberts participated in practice Wednesday, he is likely to return after missing the last few games from a toe blister. McRoberts will again be limited in the amount of minutes he plays as he still works his way back.
Josh McRoberts (foot) was a full participant in today’s team practice.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 19, 2014
All this will leave the Heat again short handed against the Clippers. L.A. isn't coming in playing great basketball, but they still bolster Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in the lineup, and that will be enough to cause problems.
The Heat play the Clippers on Thursday night at 8 PM EST on TNT.
Stay tuned for HHH Gametime Preview.
UPDATE (1:40 PM): Wade out, Deng is probable
Spoelstra said at today's shootaround that Wade is out for tonight, Deng is probable. McRoberts, Hamilton are available.— Surya Fernandez (@SuryaHeatNBA) November 20, 2014