The Miami Heat are preparing for their next game and the news and rumors have been coming out.
Check out the latest buzz below.
Wade Out Against Warriors, Cole to Return
Dwyane Wade will sit out against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday after participating in a limited fashion in the morning shootaround.
Wade’s sore hamstring has caused him to miss seven games.
Wade’s participation in the morning shootaround was a good sign, as was a “stronger” session later in the day.
Coach Erik Spoelstra told the Sun Sentinel that Wade remains day-to-day.
Norris Cole, who has a dislocated finger, will play against the Warriors with a splint.
“I’m getting used to the feel of it,” said Cole of his splint, which will have to be worn on a day-to-day basis until the finger is healed enough, to Fox Sports.
“I’m trying to get back as quick as possible and get some basketball moves in so I can see how it’s going to feel during game time.”
Spoelstra said that the MRI on Chris Andersen’s ankle revealed no significant damage but that he’s still out for now.
“He’ll be out a little bit but the initial signs from his MRI were more encouraging then when you watched the replay,” he said. “When you watch the replay, it looked like it would be an absolute third-degree sprain. It’s not but he’ll still be out a little while.”
Heat Sign Whiteside and Waive Brown
The Miami Heat signed center Hassan Whiteside on Monday.
Whiteside averaged 22 points, 15.7 rebounds and 5.3 blocked shots in three games with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League this season.
He has appeared in 19 previous NBA games, all with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in those games.
To make room on the roster, the Heat waived guard Shannon Brown, who averaged 4.0 points in five games with Miami this season. He started each of Miami’s last two games, while the Heat have been waiting for Dwyane Wade to recover from a strained left hamstring.
Spoelstra lamented the loss of Brown, while saying the upside of Whiteside isn’t something the Heat wanted to pass up right now.
“We view him as a developmental player even though he’s played professionally for three years,” said Spoelstra. “We still see him as a young prospect. Someone that we can invest our time in and we’ve shown a history of being able to develop players and he’s a big prospect.”
Whiteside told Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post that one of his jobs is “dunking on people.”
He also said he’s planning to rebound, block shots, etc., “but I don’t really know the plays.”
Lieser said that there’s a good chance the new addition plays against the Warriors.
Chalmers Doing Well at Shooting Guard
Mario Chalmers has been doing well as a shooting guard, dropping 20 points and 10 assists against the Hornets on Sunday.
A reader noted to the Sun Sentinel that Chalmers is sometimes the best player on the floor when he’s playing at the 2.
“I think without the responsibilities of having to facilitate as much for others, or cover the backcourt when a shot goes up, it has been liberating for Chalmers,” said Ira Winderman of the Sentinel.
“For years, I have pointed to his innate ability to get to the rim and his passive approach too often against doing so. When Chalmers attacks, or, for that matter any player attacks, it gets the defense moving, which opens opportunities for others. Chalmers in attack mode is significant.
“The problem is the aggression with his ballhandling far from the basket sometimes gets him in trouble, as it almost did (actually did) near the end of the game against Charlotte.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.