The Miami Heat, in the midst of a three-game skid and coming off a troubling loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, got some encouraging news Thursday regarding starting point guard Goran Dragic.
A source revealed that Dragic’s MRI exam Thursday in Miami showed a Grade 1 mild calf strain and not the “bad” strain Dragic described after being examined Tuesday in Los Angeles. The news of Dragic’s MRI result was first reported by Yahoo! and later confirmed by the Miami Herald.
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Dragic will miss at least a week, the source said, before being re-evaluated. So that means Dragic, who missed Wednesday’s 104-90 loss to the Clippers, probably won’t play Tuesday at home against Milwaukee or Wednesday night in Washington when the Heat begins another five-game road trip.
Last season, Chris Bosh had a mild calf strain and missed two weeks and a total of eight games.
The Heat (22-17) sorely missed Dragic in Wednesday’s loss, committing a season-high 24 turnovers.
“We kind of took for granted how much Goran actually does getting guys in the right spots,” said Tyler Johnson, who along with Beno Udrih split the point-guard duties. “Playing hard for me isn’t the problem it’s getting everybody else organized. On my end, I did a poor job of that. I got extended minutes with Goran being out. Obviously we were out of sync, but it starts with the point guard.”