Heat players have missed a combined 322 games due to injury and illness this season, the most for any NBA team. Justise Winslow (right shoulder surgery) remains listed as out along with Chris Bosh.
Waiters has missed 11 games due to a sprained left ankle, Babbitt has been out of action for three games with a strained right hip flexor and McRoberts sidelined since December 27 with a left foot stress fracture.
Josh Richardson and James Johnson, who have been starting in the place of Waiters and Babbitt, have increased their production accordingly in their new roles and have played well. The Heat’s media notes continue to list Richardson and Johnson as starters against the Cavs.
The addition of Waiters if he is indeed ready to go for Monday’s game would be a significant boon for the Heat, who have missed his skill set in several close losses since he was injured. He has been averaging a career-high 39.5% shooting from 3-point territory and is seven 3-point baskets away from matching his career high for a season. He has scored 20 or more points in 16 games this season, and 30 or more twice.
Babbitt has been the starter during the Heat’s spectacular second half of the season and has knocked down a career-high 87 3-point field goals made. He is three points away from matching his career high of 327 points in a season.
Miami’s final game of the season is a rematch against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at the AmericanAirlines Arena.