The Heat will be shorthanded for Sunday’s game against the Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Justise Winslow is unable to play due to a right thigh bruise. But Dwyane Wade, who is dealing with a right hip bruise, will be available for the game.
It marks the eighth game Winslow has missed this season — four because of right hamstring soreness, one because of right ankle soreness, two because of left knee soreness and now one because of a right thigh bruise. Winslow, who is averaging 12.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists, had started 38 of the previous 41 games at point guard.
“It’s a thigh-hip bruise, so that would be tough to tell,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said when asked if Winslow’s injury could force him to miss multiple games.
With Winslow out, Derrick Jones Jr. took his place in the Heat’s starting lineup against Charlotte. It’s Jones’ sixth start of the season.
▪ Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook will miss Monday night’s game against the Heat at Chesapeake Energy Arena, unless the NBA rescinds his technical foul from Saturday’s loss to the Warriors.
Westbrook received his 16th technical foul of the season when he argued and called for a foul against Klay Thompson in the second quarter of Saturday’s defeat. A player’s 16th technical automatically earns him a $5,000 fine and one-game suspension.
“I understand sometimes when those guys are going in there and they’re getting hit and they’re getting fouled, it’s hard,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said to reporters. “And these guys invest a lot into the game and they invest a lot into it. Obviously, I want Russell playing and I want him out there, but we’ll see what happens, how this all shakes out.”
In the Thunder’s win over the Heat on Feb. 1, Westbrook finished with a triple-double stat line of 14 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists.