P.J. Tucker suffered a right groin strain in the first half of the Miami Heat’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Hawks Monday night. The 2021 NBA champion didn’t play the entire second half. In my recap of the game, I wrote that I hoped it wasn’t an early sign of an injury-riddled season for the 36-year old.
It seems like Tucker’s injury isn’t serious.
Tucker practiced today with the Miami Heat, but Erik Spoelstra didn’t say whether he will play on the team’s upcoming road trip. Miami will visit the Houston Rockets, where Tucker played from 2017 to 2021, tomorrow and then the San Antonio Spurs Friday night. He is not listed on the team’s injury report.
P.J. Tucker practiced today. Erik Spoelstra didn't say whether he'll play on this road trip.— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) October 6, 2021
If Tucker does not play, Spoelstra will likely start Markieff Morris in place of him. Holding out Tucker could also give the Heat the chance to give 2021 summer league standout Omer Yurtseven playing time with Bam Adebayo.
Both of the Heat’s two-way players, Marcus Garrett and Caleb Martin, are listed as questionable to play tomorrow. Backup point guard Gabe Vincent is also questionable.
P.J. Tucker not on the Heat's injury report for tomorrow's preseason game vs. Rockets in Houston.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) October 6, 2021
But Garrett (back spasms), Martin (ankle sprain) and Vincent (groin strain) are listed as questionable. Udonis Haslem and Victor Oladipo have been ruled out.