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Heat rookie Shabazz Napier ruled out for the remainder of season after surgery

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Napier becomes the latest Heat casualty for the season due to injury.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A Miami Heat player will miss remainder of the season. Where have you read that before?

The Miami Heat announced today that Shabazz Napier underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia, and as a result, will miss the remainder of this season. Napier has had an inconsistent rookie season, playing 51 games (10 starts) where he has averaged 5.1 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds in 19.8 minutes of action. His best moments of the year came from November 16-25th where he reached double figures in scoring for six games in a row.

Napier was given more responsibility when Norris Cole was traded by backing up newly acquired veteran Goran Dragic. Though Napier hasn't received many minutes as of late, he showed signs of being a true floor general a handful of times this season, especially with his vision.

With Napier out, expect more of a role for Tyler Johnson. While it is certainly admirable that the Heat have a "Next Man Up" mentality, at this point the team is running out of healthy men to even bring up.

Get well Shabazz.