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Justise Winslow to miss a week or more during a winnable stretch for the Heat

The MRI of Winslow indicates he may not be available before Christmas for a crucial part of the season.

NBA: Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat may be without Justise Winslow for a week or more according to Shams Charania.

Heat forward Justise Winslow's MRI returned clean on his injured left knee Thursday and hope is he can return within a week, league sources say.

Already without Rodney McGruder, Okaro White, and Hassan Whiteside in the frontcourt as of today, the Heat face a repeat of last season’s injury-plagued season. Games coming up this week include,

Whether Winslow misses all of those seven games remains unclear, per Ira Winderman.

"I wouldn't even say that right now," he said of the one-week estimate. "We'll just see how he responds to the work."

Depending on when Whiteside returns, an 8-man rotation doesn’t leave much margin for error in case of unforeseen in-game injuries. Especially with Dion Waiters’ nagging elbow and ankle problems, and Bam Adebayo still learning about life in the NBA (refer to Lonzo Ball), relying on the continued health of a tight rotation can be risky.