The Miami Heat (8-11) stopped the bleeding for the time being, defeating the Washington Wizards (10-8) 113-105 on Wednesday. Miami had previously lost four in a row, and they will now face Washington in round two on Friday, as the Wizards have spent Thanksgiving in South Beach and are prepared for back-to-back meetings with the Heat.
Bradley Beal and Tyler Herro DAY-TO-DAY for Heat – Wizards
- About Bradley Beal
Beal (quad) is listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Heat.
For what it’s worth, Beal was given a questionable label leading up to Wednesday’s game against Miami before being ruled out.
If he is unable to play, Jordan Goodwin, Anthony Gill, and Corey Kispert could see increased minutes, depending on the status of injured teammates Monte Morris (ankle) and Rui Hachimura (both of whom are listed as questionable).
Who knows how a holiday in South Beach will affect Washington’s performance on Friday, which must be considered given that this team is only 3-4 on the road this season.
The Wizards’ recent 5-1 homestand was all on a long homestand, but those victories came against some quality teams in Dallas (113-105), Utah (121-112), Memphis (102-92), and the 1-point win over the Heat.
The Wizards lost by eight points on Wednesday, but that’s not a bad showing considering they were missing their starting backcourt due to injuries to Bradley Beal (thigh) and Monte Morris (ankle).
Kyle Kuzma led the way with 33 points, while Kristaps Porzingis added 21, but Washington is likely to win if at least Beal is in the lineup. Last Friday, Beal scored 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds against Miami at home.
- About Tyler Herro
Herro is questionable for Friday’s game against the Wizards due to an ankle injury, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Spin: Herro has been out with an ankle injury for some time and missed eight straight games before returning on Wednesday.
Herro played 29 minutes in that game, and his designation could be due to soreness from using it extensively after a long layoff. On game day, he should have an official status update.
Sure, Washington only lost by 8 points without their starting backcourt on Wednesday, but Miami was also missing Jimmy Butler (knee), Max Strus (shoulder), and Duncan Robinson.
Butler is questionable for Friday’s game despite missing the previous four, while Robinson has missed the last two and Strus has missed the last one.
Kyle Lowry had a season-high 28 points to power the Heat’s win over the Wizards on Wednesday. Caleb Martin also had a season high 24 points, indicating that the Heat either have more depth than they thought or that this was a one-of-a-kind performance by both Lowry and Martin.
Bam Adebayo added 15 points and 11 rebounds as he battled Porzingis on the block after missing last Friday’s game in Washington due to a knee injury.
Six of the seven Miami players who saw action in Washington last week scored in double figures.
Injury Update for Heat – Wizards
- Dewayne Dedmon (Foot): Game Time Decision
- Bam Adebayo (Knee): Game Time Decision
- Gabe Vincent (Knee): Game Time Decision
- Jimmy Butler (Knee): Expected to be out until at least Nov 27
- Haywood Highsmith (Hip): Game Time Decision
- Tyler Herro (Ankle): Game Time Decision
- Max Strus (Shoulder): Game Time Decision
- Duncan Robinso (Ankle): Game Time Decision
- Omer Yurtseven (Ankle): Expected to be out until at least Feb 24
- Victor Oladipo (Knee): Expected to be out until at least Nov 30
- Johnny Davis (Groin): Game Time Decision
- Monte Morris (Ankle): Game Time Decision
- Rui Hachimura (Ankle): Game Time Decision
- Bradley Beal (Quadriceps): Game Time Decision
- Delon Wright (Hamstring): Expected to be out until at least Dec 14