Miami Heat Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Greg Oden, C8/7/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Free agent center Greg Oden was arrested Thursday on " two preliminary charges of misdemeanor battery after allegedly punching a woman," according to a Sports Illustrated report.
Insight: If any team was thinking about signing Oden to a contract this should end those thoughts.
Greg Oden, C8/5/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Centers Greg Oden, Andrew Bynum, Emeka Okafor and Andray Blatche will visit the Los Angeles Clippers this week, according to a Triity Miller report.
Insight: Is that all that's available ... broken down big men? Three of the four did less than nothing in 2013 and only Blatche (11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg with Brooklyn) would have any fantasy value.
Dwyane Wade, G7/15/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has signed a deal to stay with Miami.
Insight: A healthy Wade would be a fantasy stud with LeBron James back home in Cleveland, but fantasy owners will have to weight what a "part-time" Wade is worth. He's likely to continue the strategy of not playing any back-to-back games to save his gimpy knees.
Mario Chalmers, G7/13/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Mario Chalmers tweeted that he has agreed to re-sign with the Heat.
Insight: Chalmers averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 threes last season. Chalmers could have a larger ball-handling role in 2014-15 now that LeBron James is gone. Of course, he also may lose the starting point guard job to rookie Shabazz Napier.
Chris Bosh, C7/11/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Chris Bosh is finalizing a five-year, $118 million contract with the Heat.
Insight: After LeBron James announced he was going back to the Cavaliers on Friday, Bosh was expected to sign with the Rockets, but the Heat were able to give him an extra $32 million. With James gone, Bosh will handle a much larger offensive workload than he did in the past few years.
Danny Granger, SF7/7/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: The Heat have agreed to a two-year contract with Danny Granger, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: Granger is a high-character guy who will bring veteran experience to the Heat. However, he's not going to carry fantasy value.
Josh McRoberts, F7/7/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: The Heat have agreed to a reported four-year contract with power forward Josh McRoberts, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Insight: Charlotte drafted Cody Zeller fourth overall last season but then started McRoberts 78 games. McRoberts contributed 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 threes, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks while averaging 30.3 minutes per game. He could end up starting at the four for Miami, but who his teammates will be is up in the air.
Chris Bosh, C6/29/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Chris Bosh informed Miami that he will opt out of his contract to become and unrestricted free agent, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Bosh has joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who already opted out. It would be a surprise if any of the three players left the Heat.
Ray Allen, G6/24/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Ray Allen is "leaning toward" coming back for another season. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Why not? He can still shoot. Allen, who is set to become a free agent on July 1st, will turn 39 later this offseason.
LeBron James, F6/24/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: LeBron James' agent has informed the Heat that James will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Insight: Look for LeBron to handle his free agency this offseason much better than he did in 2010. The Heat, Bulls, Lakers, Rockets and Cavaliers are among the teams expected to make a serious run at signing him.
LeBron James, F6/21/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Houston's top priority this offseason is to land LeBron James in free agency. SOURCE: Howard Beck, Bleacher Report
Insight: A frontcourt of James, Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard would instantly make the Rockets championship contenders. Of course, LeBron would have to opt out of his current deal with Miami to make that happen. The deadline for LeBron to opt in or out is June 30th. Though Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh seem content to stay in Miami, James has been noncommital about his future. The Cavs, Clippers and Mavericks could also make a run at James if he decides to test the open market.
Dwyane Wade, G6/17/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Tom Haberstroh thinks the Heat should have Dwyane Wade come off the bench next season.
Insight: Of course, that's assuming Wade stays in Miami. Remember, Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts this summer. Haberstroh's suggestion makes plenty of sense. Miami's second unit didn't contribute very much this postseason and at age 32, it would be wise to scale back Wade's minutes. Of course, the decision is up to Erik Spoelstra, who has only used Wade as a reserve once in six seasons.
Chris Andersen, F/C6/16/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Andersen has decided to opt out of his contract. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Andersen had one year remaining but now he'll become a free agent. Birdman contributed 6.6 ppg this season, his highest average since 2005. Despite opting out, we'd expect him back with the Heat next year on a new deal.
Ray Allen, G6/16/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: A decision on Ray Allen's future should come in the next few days. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Even if Allen does play another season, it may not be with the Heat as he enters free agency. Allen had a rough game Sunday in the season finale, shooting just 1-of-8 for five points in 31 minutes of action.
LeBron James, F6/15/2014 11:07:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James gave a strong effort in Game 5 but it wasn't enough as the Spurs won 104-87 to capture their fifth NBA title.
Insight: His teammates didn't show much this series but LeBron (31 points, ten rebounds, five assists) still averaged an incredible 28.2 ppg on 57.1 percent shooting. This loss will sting but James and the Heat should compete for a title again next year as long as the team keep its core together.
Ray Allen, G6/15/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Ray Allen will start Game 5 against San Antonio on Sunday night. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Mario Chalmers, who has struggled this series, will come off the bench. We suspect LeBron James will be running the point. If the Spurs win tonight, this could be Allen's final game in the NBA. The veteran hinted at retirement earlier this week.
Ray Allen, G6/13/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Miami sixth man Ray Allen hinted he could retire after this season. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: Allen is still an effective long-range shooter but at age 38, he may decide he wants to spend more time with his family. When Allen does end his career, he'll retire as the the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history.
LeBron James, F6/8/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James was the best player on the court Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Insight: James wasn't able to finish Game 1 because of cramping but he never faltered on Sunday, scoring 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting. His assist to Chris Bosh on a corner three with 1:17 remaining sealed the win for Miami. The series is tied 1-1 heading into Tuesday's Game 3.
LeBron James, F6/6/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James led all scorers with 25 points in Game 1 of the Finals Thursday but cramped up in the fourth quarter and missed time down the stretch.
Insight: The exhaustion was likely brought on by a broken air conditioner, which caused temperatures in the arena to reach up to 90 degrees. James was given an IV after the game and left the arena under his own power so it appears he'll be ready for Game 2 on Sunday. Without James, the Spurs were able to finish the game on a 16-3 run. The Heat still haven't won a Game 1 on the road since LeBron James joined the team in 2010.
Shane Battier, F6/2/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Shane Battier will join ESPN as a college basketball analyst when he retires at the end of the season. SOURCE: Jeff Heisenberg, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Battier is trying to go out on top by winning his third championship. He hasn't been much of a factor this postseason, contributing just 3.1 ppg in 12 contests.
Chris Andersen, F/C5/30/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Miami center Chris Andersen (thigh) is active for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: It's unclear how much he'll play after he missed Games 4 and 5 and the shootaround Friday morning. Rashard Lewis played 31 minutes and had 18 points with six threes in Game 5 and will start again.
Chris Andersen, F/C5/30/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Miami center Chris Andersen didn't play Wednesday in Game 5 versus Indiana and missed Friday morning shootaround so he must be categorized as doubtful for Game 6 against the Pacers.
Insight: He's been dealing with a thigh injury. Rashard Lewis had 18 points Wednesday night and should expect to see another heavy workload if Birdman sits out.
Chris Bosh, C5/28/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Chris Bosh is willing to take a paycut if it keeps him in Miami next season. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James can all opt out of their contracts this summer. There's been some buzz about James possibly leaving Miami for his hometown Cavaliers but ultimately we'd expect all three to return to South Beach next season.
Chris Andersen, F/C5/28/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: The Birdman will not take flight. Miami center Chris Andersen won't play Wednesday in Game 5 versus Indiana. SOURCE: Barry Jackson, Miami Herald
Insight: This will be the second game he's missed with a thigh injury. Rashard Lewis, who is still scoreless for the series, should see a heavy workload in Birdman's absence.
Ray Allen, G5/28/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Ray Allen is active for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Pacers. SOURCE: Barry Jackson, Miami Herald
Insight: Allen tweaked his hip in Game 4 but was given the go ahead after making it through his usual pre-game routine without any issues. He's averaged 10 ppg on 40.7 percent shooting for the series. Allen has been particularly effective from long range, making 44.4 percent of his shots from that distance over the last four games.
Chris Andersen, F/C5/28/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Andersen missed Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals due to a thigh contusion and he'll be a game-time decision for Game 5 after sitting out Wednesday's shootaround., according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Andersen suffered the injury in Game 3 when he collided with teammate Dwyane Wade. He's played 23.7 minutes per game in the series and averaged 6.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.
Ray Allen, G5/28/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Ray Allen (hip) will be a game-time decision for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Allen didn't participate in the shootaround. He bruised his hip when he attempted to run through a screen in Game 4 but returned to the game. He has averaged 10 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 threes per game in the series, which the Heat lead 3-1.
Chris Andersen, F/C5/26/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Andersen will miss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals due to a thigh contusion, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Andersen suffered the injury in Game 3. He's played 23.7 minutes per game in the series and averaged 6.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. Rashard Lewis and Udonis Haslem will have to pick up the slack.
Ray Allen, G5/25/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Ray Allen was quiet in the first three quarters but he came on strong late as the Heat won for the second time in as many games Saturday against Indiana.
Insight: Allen (16 points) didn't even attempt a three-pointer in the first 36 minutes but he made all four of his trifectas in the fourth to finish with his highest point total of the series. If Allen keeps hitting his threes, Miami is going to be tough to beat.
Dwyane Wade, GHot5/25/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade blew up for 23 points in Saturday's win over the Pacers.
Insight: He's shot better than 50 percent from the field in each of his last five games while scoring 20 points or more in five of his last six. Though usually a below average three-point shooter, Wade has made three of his five attempts so far in this series.
LeBron James, FHot5/25/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James did it all Saturday in a win over Indiana.
Insight: The Pacers jumped out to an early 14-point lead but it was all Miami after that. James, who seems incapable of turning in a bad performance at this point, delivered 26 points, five boards, seven assists and four steals. He left briefly with a leg cramp but still logged a team-high 40 minutes. The Heat can extend its advantage Monday night in Game 4.
Greg Oden, C5/24/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Heat center Greg Oden is expected to be active for Saturday's Game 3 against Indiana. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: He hasn't played yet in the postseason. If Oden (2.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg in 23 games this season) does see the court on Saturday it will only be for a couple of minutes.
Dwyane Wade, GHot5/21/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade had another efficient game Tuesday against the Pacers.
Insight: Wade converted ten of his 16 field goal attempts for a team-high 23 points. He's been a beast over his last three games, averaging 26 ppg on impressive 61.5 percent shooting. Erik Spoelstra's decision to rest Wade at the end of the regular season seems to be paying off.
Chris Bosh, CCold5/20/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh has seen his scoring average drop a couple points in the playoffs - from 16.2 ppg to 14.0 ppg.
Insight: Bosh is taking one less shot per game and his shooting percentage is down as well despite playing a couple extra minutes per game.
LeBron James, FHot5/20/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James has pushed his scoring average up more than two points during the playoff run from 27.1 ppg to 29.5 ppg.
Insight: As James' scoring average has gone up, his assist totals have dropped from a regular season average of 6.3 apg to 4.7 apg in 10 playoff games. With Miami's season hanging in the balance, it's no surprise James has taken on more of the scoring burden.
Dwyane Wade, GHot5/18/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade dropped 27 points on the Pacers Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Insight: After coasting through the first round and a half, Wade has been brilliant over his last two outings, averaging 27.5 ppg on 61.1 percent shooting. Lance Stephenson said before the series that Wade's knee wouldn't hold up but it looked just fine in Game 1. We'll see what Wade does for an encore Tuesday in Game 2.
LeBron James, F5/18/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James totaled 25 points, ten boards, five assists and three steals Sunday against the Pacers.
Insight: In terms of efficiency, it was a pretty typical outing for James, who shot 11-for-18 from the floor while commiting four turnovers. What stood out were his two free throws, the fewest James has attempted in a game since May 6th versus Brooklyn. James will need to be more aggressive on Tuesday if the Heat want to even the series.
LeBron James, FHot5/14/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James helped Miami close out Brooklyn with 29 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two threes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday night.
Insight: James didn't have a great shooting night (6-of-14), but he made 15-of-17 from the free-throw line. The 29-year-old averaged 30 points per game during the series, which Miami won 4-1.
Dwyane Wade, G5/14/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade had 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday night.
Insight: Miami beat Brooklyn, 96-94, to win the series. The Heat will move on to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth straight season. Wade has averaged 17.9 ppg in these playoffs.
LeBron James, F5/12/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James tied a playoff career-high with 49 points Monday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: That's the most points the Nets have ever allowed to a single player in a postseason game. LeBron had a chance for 50 but he missed his second free throw with one second left in the fourth quarter. The Heat can close out the series Wednesday in Game 5.
Chris Andersen, F/C5/6/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Andersen left Tuesday's game with a right knee contusion.
Insight: Andersen's X-rays came back negative. "He hit the floor three-to-four times," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's in a bath of ice now, we'll see how he responds over the next couple of days."
LeBron James, FHot5/6/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: The Heat took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Nets Tuesday night behind LeBron James' 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
Insight: Miami went 0-4 against Brooklyn in the regular season but took care of business Tuesday. The Heat shot 56.8 percent from the field and 14-of-16 from the foul line to win 107-86.
Shane Battier, F5/6/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Miami forward Shane Battier (flu) started Game 1 of the Heat's second-round playoff series against the Nets on Tuesday.
Insight: Battier played just two minutes total in the team's first-round sweep of the Bobcats, but the Nets use a smaller lineup than Charlotte with Paul Pierce at the four.
LeBron James, FHot4/28/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James had 31 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals and one block in 43 minutes Monday to help Miami complete a sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats in its first-round playoff series.
Insight: James scored at least 27 points in all four games and 30+ in each of the last three. He averaged 39.5 minutes, 30 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.3 steals.
LeBron James, F4/26/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James shredded the Bobcats for 30 points Saturday in Game 3.
Insight: In seven games against Charlotte in 2013-14, James has averaged 34.3 ppg on 60.7 percent shooting. Miami will go for the series sweep Monday night in Game 4.
Mario Chalmers, G4/23/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers (bruised knee) will play in Game 2 against the Bobcats on Wednesday, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report.
Insight: Chalmers had seven points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one three in 25 minutes in Miami's Game 1 win.
Mario Chalmers, G4/23/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers went through the team's walkthrough on Wednesday but remains a game-time decision tonight against Charlotte. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: The reality is, Miami doesn't need Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) to beat the seventh-seeded Bobcats. It might ultimately benefit the team more to have him healthy for the next round when the Heat are likely to face a much tougher opponent. Norris Cole would fill in at point guard if Chalmers sits this one out.
Mario Chalmers, G4/22/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers is questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 versus Charlotte. SOURCE: Miami Herald
Insight: He was limited in practice Tuesday because of a bruised knee. If Chalmers can't go, Norris Cole (6.4 ppg, 3.0 apg) would start at point guard for the Heat.
Mario Chalmers, G4/20/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers bruised his shin Sunday in a Game 1 win over Charlotte. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Chalmers left the game briefly in the first half but returned to score seven points in 25 minutes of action. He should be fine for Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Michael Beasley, F4/16/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Michael Beasley had to leave Wednesday's game against the Sixers after spraining his ankle. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: Beasley notched eight points on 3-of-4 shooting before exiting. Consider him questionable for Miami's playoff opener against Charlotte.
Chris Andersen, F/C4/16/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Miami F/C Chris Andersen won't be in action Wednesday against Philadelphia. SOURCE: Keith Pompey, Philly Inquirer
Insight: Birdman is getting some much needed rest before the playoffs. His absence will open up minutes for Rashard Lewis (4.5 ppg) and Udonis Haslem (3.7 ppg) at power forward.
Mario Chalmers, G4/16/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers won't play Wednesday against the Sixers. SOURCE: Keith Pompey, Philly Inquirer
Insight: He's one of three Heat starters getting the night off. Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) hasn't averaged double-digit points since his rookie season and has never been a particularly appealing fantasy option.
Dwyane Wade, G4/16/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will play on a minutes restriction Wednesday versus Philadelphia. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: We're not sure what that minutes restriction is, but it will probably be close to the 18 minutes he saw Monday against Washington. Wade (19.1 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg) has been in and out of the lineup for the last month because of hamstring issues.
Chris Bosh, C4/16/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh (rest) will miss the last game of the regular season on Wednesday, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Miami is letting Bosh rest for the playoff run. He averaged 32 minutes, 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and a career-high 0.9 threes per game in 79 contests.
LeBron James, F4/16/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (rest) will not play Wednesday, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: The Heat are locked into the No. 2 seed in the East and James will rest up for the postseason. With Dwyane Wade ailing for most of the season, James carried Miami with averages of 37.7 minutes, 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 77 games. He increased his field-goal percentage for the seventh consecutive season.
Dwyane Wade, G4/14/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Dwyane Wade will start for the Heat on Monday against the Wizards, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
Insight: Wade missed nine straight games due to a hamstring injury before returning Saturday. He had 24 points in just 23 minutes against the Hawks. Neither LeBron James nor Chris Bosh (rest) are playing, so Wade will get to experience what life was like before "The Decision" for one night.
Dwyane Wade, G4/14/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: The Heat will rest Chris Bosh and LeBron James on Monday but shooting guard Dwyane Wade still has a chance to play. SOURCE: Miami Herald
Insight: Wade missed nine straight games due to a hamstring injury before returning Saturday. He had 24 points in just 23 minutes against the Hawks.
Chris Bosh, C4/14/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh is expected to miss Monday's game against Washington.
Insight: Bosh and James are going to rest for the playoff run. It appears Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Michael Beasley, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem will start on Monday.
LeBron James, F4/14/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James will sit out Monday's game against Washington.
Insight: This is simply a matter of resting for the playoffs. James (27.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.6 spg) is healthy, but the chances of catching Indiana in the standings for the top seed are small.
Dwyane Wade, G4/12/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will start Saturday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: He's sat out the last nine games with a strained hamstring. Flash has not played against the Hawks yet this season, though he averaged 23 ppg against them in 2012-13.
Chris Andersen, F/C4/11/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: The Heat will have PF/C Chris Andersen (back, knee) available for Friday's game, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Andersen missed two of the last three games with back and knee issues. He'll provide energy for Miami but isn't much of a fantasy option.
Chris Andersen, F/C4/11/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Miami PF/C Chris Andersen (back, knee) will be a game-time decision Friday, according to Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Andersen missed two of the last three games with back and knee issues.
Udonis Haslem, F4/11/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Miami forward Udonis Haslem (illness) is expected to play Friday, according to Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Haslem missed the last two games with a stomach virus. The 33-year-old started the last six games he played and averaged 22.2 minutes, 7.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.5 blocks.
Dwyane Wade, G4/11/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will miss Friday's game, according to Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra continues to say that Wade is close to returning, but he'll miss his ninth straight game and 28th game of the season Friday.
Greg Oden, C4/10/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Brian Windhorst of ESPN doesn't think Heat center Greg Oden (back) will be back this season.
Insight: "I don't think Greg Oden is going to play the rest of the season to be honest," Windhorst said. "I think Roy Hibbert broke him." Oden last played on March 26 at Indiana.
Dwyane Wade, G4/10/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade (hamstring) is close to being over his injury, according to the Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman.
Insight: Wade went through an extensive on-court workout prior to Wednesday's game. He has missed the last eight games and 27 this season. He could be back Friday against the Pacers.
Udonis Haslem, F4/9/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Miami forward Udonis Haslem (illness) will miss Wednesday's game against Memphis, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: He's out with a stomach virus. Chris Andersen and Greg Oden are also out, so look for Shane Battier and Rashard Lewis to see extra playing time.
Chris Andersen, F/C4/9/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Miami PF/C Chris Andersen (back, knee) will sit out Wednesday, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report.
Insight: Birdman missed Sunday's game with knee and back injuries and played 19 minutes Tuesday. The Heat are just trying to have everyone healthy for the postseason.
Dwyane Wade, G4/9/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will miss yet another game Wednesday, accordin to Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report.
Insight: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Wade was "very close" to playing Tuesday and Wade warmed up Wednesday, but he'll miss his 27th game of the season.
Chris Andersen, F/C4/8/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Miami PF/C Chris Andersen is back in the lineup Tuesday against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Birdman missed Sunday's game with knee and back injuries. He could see a decent workload on Wednesday with Greg Oden (back) and Udonis Haslem (illness) both out of the lineup.
Dwyane Wade, G4/8/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will sit out for the seventh straight game Tuesday against the Nets, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Wade was "very close" to playing Tuesday, but he'll be out for the 26th time this season.
Udonis Haslem, F4/8/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Miami forward Udonis Haslem won't suit up Tuesday night against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Joe Goodman, Miami Herald
Insight: He's out with a stomach virus. The Heat haven't announced their starters yet but we're guessing Shane Battier (4.1 ppg) will fill in for him.
LeBron James, F4/6/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James netted 38 points Sunday in a win against the Knicks.
Insight: By doing so, he became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1996-97 to score 30 or more points against the Knicks four times in the same season. At this point, the MVP race between James and Kevin Durant is a dead heat.
Greg Oden, C4/6/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Heat center Greg Oden (back spasms) will not play Sunday against the Knicks, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Oden and Chris Andersen are both out, so the team will need Udonis Haslem, Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and Michael Beasley to play extra frontcourt minutes to spell Chris Bosh.
Chris Andersen, F/C4/6/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: Heat PF/C Chris Anderson (knee, back) will not play Sunday, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Knee and back injuries will ground the Birdman, who has averaged 8.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over his last 16 games. Miami will spread his minutes out to several players, including Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Michael Beasley, Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis.
Dwyane Wade, G4/6/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will miss his sixth straight game Sunday against the Knicks.
Insight: Wade will have played just one of the past nine games after sitting out Sunday. His goal is to be healthy for the postseason.
Dwyane Wade, G4/4/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) is doubtful for Friday as he tries to get healthy for the playoff run.
Insight: Wade is now dealing with hamstring discomfort in addition to his Achilles injury and knee problems. He's entire goal now is to be ready for the postseason so there's no reason to risk playing him in the regular season anymore. He's missed the past four games.
Ray Allen, G4/3/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Miami sixth man Ray Allen (stomach virus) made it through Thursday's practice and should be ready to go for the weekend.
Insight: Allen's dominant days are far behind him and he gets limited minutes averaging 9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.0 apg in about 26 minutes. He'll have more value if Dwyane Wade isn't ready to go.
Dwyane Wade, G4/2/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not play Wednesday against the Bucks, the team announced.
Insight: Wade is now dealing with hamstring discomfort in addition to his Achilles injury and knee problems. He's entire goal now is to be ready for the postseason so there's no reason to risk playing him against the team with the worst record in the NBA.
Dwyane Wade, G4/2/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) did not play Monday and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Wade is now dealing with hamstring discomfort in addition to his Achilles injury and knee problems. He's entire goal now is to be ready for the postseason, so sitting out again is very likely.
LeBron James, F4/2/2014 2:51:00 PM
Description: There was no trace of the back problem at the Wednesday morning shootaround and Heat small forward LeBron James should be ready to go Wednesday night.
Insight: Even at less than 100 percent James is a fantasy stud. He put up 32 points, seven rebounds and eight assists while dealing with a sore back on Monday. If he plays, he starts.
Chris Andersen, F/C3/31/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Heat PF/C Chris Anderson had 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes Monday.
Insight: Andersen had his best month of the season in March and has averaged 7.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks over his last 16 games.
Mario Chalmers, G3/31/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers (quad) will start Monday, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: The Heat have been without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chalmers for the past couple of games, so Toney Douglas, James Jones and Norris Cole have been playing big minutes. Douglas will remain in the starting lineup Monday with Wade still out, while Jones will move back to the bench.
Greg Oden, C3/31/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Heat center Greg Oden (back spasms) will sit out Monday against Toronto.
Insight: It will be Oden's third straight absence. The center has made a nice comeback after sitting out three full seasons, but he has averaged just nine minutes per game and isn't a fantasy option.
Mario Chalmers, G3/31/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers (quad) will be a game-time decision Monday against Toronto.
Insight: The Heat have been without Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chalmers for the past couple of games, so Toney Douglas, James Jones and Norris Cole have been playing big minutes.
Ray Allen, G3/31/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Miami sixth man Ray Allen (stomach virus) will miss his fourth straight game Monday, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Allen must have quite a stomach bug. His minutes have been going to several players.
Dwyane Wade, G3/31/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will not play Monday against the Raptors, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Wade is now dealing with hamstring discomfort in addition to his Achilles injury and knee problems. He'll sit out for the fifth time in the last six games Monday. Toney Douglas will probably start again in his place.
Shane Battier, F3/29/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Miami forward Shane Battier plans to retire at the end of this season. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: Battier acknowledged that Friday would be his last game in Detroit, which of course is where he grew up. The 35-year-old never contributed much to fantasy teams (8.7 career ppg) but was always a great competitor with an excellent basketball IQ. Battier has played for three teams in his 13-year career (Memphis, Houston and Miami).
LeBron James, F3/28/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: With the Heat's three top guards out, forward LeBron James stepped up his passing game and had his first triple-double of the season Friday against the Pistons.
Insight: James had 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. Even without Dwyane Wade (Achilles), Ray Allen (virus) and Mario Chalmers (quad), Miami smoked Detroit by 32 points.
Dwyane Wade, G3/28/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (Achilles) will miss Friday's game, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade will join Ray Allen (stomach virus), Mario Chalmers (thigh) and Greg Oden (back) on the sidelines. Miami will start Toney Douglas, James Jones and Udonis Haslem along with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, though Norris Cole will also have to contribute 25+ minutes.
Mario Chalmers, G3/28/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers will miss Friday's game with a thigh bruise, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Ray Allen (stomach virus) is also out and Dwyane Wade is a game-time decision, so Norris Cole will see big minutes.
Ray Allen, G3/28/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Miami sixth man Ray Allen (stomach virus) is out Friday and unlikely to play Saturday, according to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.
Insight: Allen also sat out Wednesday against the Pacers. The 38-year-old averaged 15.9 ppg and 2.6 3pg over his last seven games.
Dwyane Wade, G3/28/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (Achilles) was active Wednesday against the Pacers and is expected to play Friday.
Insight: Wade managed 15 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes against the Pacers, but turned the ball over six times. With Wade, you always have to wait until just before tipoff to know if he will play.
Ray Allen, G3/27/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Miami sixth man Ray Allen (stomach virus) is not expected to play Friday, according to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.
Insight: Allen sat out Wednesday against the Pacers. The 38-year-old averaged 15.9 ppg and 2.6 3pg over his last seven games.
LeBron James, F3/27/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: LeBron James was called for a flagrant foul Wednesday against Roy Hibbert, but no additional fines or suspension is expected.
Insight: Fantasy owners should expect him to be in Friday's lineup against Detroit.
Dwyane Wade, G3/26/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (Achilles) will be active Wednesday against the Pacers. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: This is a must-win game for Miami as Indiana currently holds the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Wade averaged 24.5 ppg in two meetings with the Pacers earlier this season.
Ray Allen, G3/26/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Miami sixth man Ray Allen won't be in the lineup Wednesday against the Pacers. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: He's out with the flu. Michael Beasley (8.3 ppg) should soak up most of Allen's minutes off the bench.
Dwyane Wade, G3/26/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (left Achilles strain) participated in shootaround Wednesday, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Wade missed the last two games, the first for rest and the second due to his Achilles. He'll be a game-time decision and we expect him to play after practicing fully on Tuesday and going through shootaround Wednesday.
Ray Allen, G3/26/2014 12:13:00 PM
Description: Miami SG Ray Allen is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Pacers due to a stomach virus, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Allen has been very good lately, averaging 30.6 minutes, 15.9 points and 2.6 triples per game. Norris Cole and Michael Beasley will get most of Allen's minutes, and both players will see a lot of time if Dwyane Wade (Achilles, game-time decision) also has to miss the contest.
Dwyane Wade, G3/25/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (left Achilles strain) will be re-evaluated prior to Wednesday's game, according to the Heat on Twitter.
Insight: Wade missed the last two games, the first for rest and the second due to his Achilles. He practiced fully on Tuesday and will be a game-time decision Wednesday.
LeBron James, F3/24/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: LeBron James scored the game-winning layup Monday against Portland.
Insight: The Heat forward finished with a game-high 32 points. He was able to offset his high turnover total (five) by collecting six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Overall, James has averaged 28 ppg since the All-Star break.
Dwyane Wade, G3/24/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Dwyane Wade is out for the Heat on Monday night. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Wade tweaked his ankle Friday against Memphis. Toney Douglas (3.2 ppg) will start in his place though Ray Allen (9.7 ppg) should benefit the most from Wade's absence.
Dwyane Wade, G3/24/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade sat out Saturday against the Pelicans and is doubtful for Monday night with a sprained ankle.
Insight: Ray Allen has posted double-digits in six consecutive games while playing 30 minutes per night.
Dwyane Wade, G3/22/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (rest) will sit out Saturday against the Pelicans, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade played 33 minutes Friday against Memphis, so he'll sit out Saturday. He has missed a game three of the last four times Miami has had a back-to-back set.
Dwyane Wade, G3/21/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will start Friday's game against Memphis. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: The Heat have been known to rest their players before the playoffs so it's possible Wade could be a game-time decision for the rest of the regular season. For what it's worth, Wade has looked much better since the All-Star break, averaging 21.2 ppg over 13 appearances (18.7 ppg before the break).
LeBron James, F3/21/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James is back after missing Wednesday's game because of back spasms. SOURCE: Tom Haberstroh, ESPN
Insight: He's cooled off a bit since February (30.8 ppg in nine games) but it's still LeBron we're talking about. Even on his worst nights, James can do what few others can. Make sure he's in your lineup.
LeBron James, F3/21/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James sat out Wednesday's game due to back spasms, but is probable for Friday's game against Memphis.
Insight: He was listed as having back spasms, though we suspect it's just a maintenance day for the 29-year-old. Miami lost the game to Boston, so we don't expect a repeat here.
Dwyane Wade, G3/19/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will return to the starting lineup on Wednesday. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Wade (19.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.9 apg) rested on Tuesday night. He'll be Miami's go-to scorer with LeBron James (back spasms) getting the night off.
LeBron James, F3/19/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James is sitting out Wednesday's game against the Celtics. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: He's listed as having back spasms, though we suspect it's just a maintenance day for the 29-year-old. Michael Beasley (8.2 ppg) will start in his place.
Greg Oden, C3/19/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Miami will be without center Greg Oden Wednesday against Boston. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: He's just getting a breather. Chris Bosh (16.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg) will move back to center with Udonis Haslem (2.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg) getting the start at power forward.
LeBron James, FHot3/18/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James tossed in 14-of-19 shots, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, and 9-of-13 free throws for 43 points with six rebounds, four assists, three blocks, two steals and zero turnovers in 42 minutes Tuesday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: James had scored "just" 20.7 ppg on .455 shooting since his 61-point game on March 3, which was not coincidentally the last time Dwyane Wade sat out. Wade was absent Tuesday, giving James free reign of the offense again.
Greg Oden, C3/18/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Heat center Greg Oden will remain in the starting lineup until further notice. SOURCE: Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated
Insight: With Oden (2.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg) at the five, Chris Bosh can return to his natural position at power forward. Oden's comeback has been one of the league's feel good stories this season. He's still not a fantasy option.
Dwyane Wade, G3/18/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will be held out of Tuesday's game, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Toney Douglas will start.
Insight: The Cavaliers are depleted with Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng out, so the Heat can afford to rest Wade after he played the last seven games and averaged 36 mpg. The last time Wade was out, Douglas played 19 minutes, Michael Beasley played 18, Norris Cole saw 21 and Ray Allen played 30.
Ray Allen, G3/16/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Miami shooting guard Ray Allen has made 9-of-13 from behind the arc his last two games.
Insight: Allen scored a season-high 25 points Sunday against the Rockets, one game after reaching 20 points for the first time all season with 22 against the Nuggets. Don't get used to this type of production, Allen is averaging less than 10 ppg this season.
Chris Bosh, CHot3/12/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh has scored 22 or more points in three of the past four games.
Insight: Bosh had 24 points, seven rebounds and two threes Wednesday against the Nets. He added the 3-point shot to his regular arsenal in January and has made 1.4 triples per game over his last 25 games.
Dwyane Wade, G3/10/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will play Monday against Washington despite it being the second game of a back-to-back. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: The Heat are back home after dropping three straight on the road to Chicago, San Antonio and Houston. Wade (19.2 ppg) averaged 37.7 mpg in those contests and should see another heavy workload on Monday.
LeBron James, FHot3/5/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James said he re-broke his nose after taking an elbow from Dwight Howard during Tuesday's game, but the Heat have confirmed that he didn't. SOURCE: nbc6.com
Insight: James has been playing with a protective mask since he broke his nose on Feb. 20. He scored a career-high 61 points in 41 minutes Monday and admitted he dealt with fatigue in Tuesday's loss at Houston. James scored 22 points Tuesday and has averaged 35.3 points on 62.3 percent shooting his last eight games.
Dwyane Wade, GHot3/4/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade has scored at least 23 points in five straight games.
Insight: After getting Monday off, Wade returned to action Tuesday at Houston and led Miami with 24 points. He has averaged 23.6 points, 5.6 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals his last five games.
Dwyane Wade, GHot3/4/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will play Tuesday, according to Michael Wallace of espn.com.
Insight: Wade had played in all five games since the All-Star break and scored 23+ points in each of the last four before sitting out for rest Monday night.
Dwyane Wade, G3/4/2014 1:22:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade did not play Monday night (rest), but is expected to return for the second half of the back-to-back set.
Insight: Wade had played in all five games since the All-Star break and scored 23+ points in each of the last four. His return should take some of the workload from LeBron James, so a repeat of his 61-point night is unlikely.
LeBron James, FHot3/3/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James erupted for a career-high 61 points Monday against the Bobcats.
Insight: James made 22-of-33 from the field, including a career-high eight threes on 10 attempts, and 9-of-12 from the foul line in the epic performance. He has averaged 37.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.9 threes and 2.4 steals over his last seven games.
Dwyane Wade, GHot3/3/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will not play Monday night for rest purposes, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade has played in all five games since the All-Star break and scored 23+ points in each of the last four.
LeBron James, F3/1/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: LeBron James wasn't allowed to wear his Batman mask on Saturday but that didn't stop him from scoring 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting.
Insight: James needed one more rebound and three more assists for a triple-double. He probably would have gotten there if he had played the fourth quarter. James has averaged 25.5 ppg since returning from a broken nose.
LeBron James, FHot2/27/2014 11:08:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James' mask didn't give the four-time MVP much of a problem, as he had 31 points, four rebounds and four assists over 37 minutes Thursday against the Knicks.
Insight: James broke his nose last Thursday against the Thunder and missed Sunday's game. The injury didn't prevent him from scoring 30+ points for the fifth time in his last six games.
LeBron James, FHot2/27/2014 7:23:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (broken nose) will start Thursday against the Knicks, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report.
Insight: James (26.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 6.5 apg,) suffered the injury last Thursday against the Thunder, had his nose repaired Friday and missed Sunday's game. He has two masks, one he'll start with and a replacement in case the first gets too uncomfortable. He has averaged 37 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.8 threes over his last four games and obviously should be in all fantasy lineups.
LeBron James, FHot2/27/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (broken nose) got in a full practice on Wednesday and plans to play Thursday against the Knicks. He will wear a mask.
Insight: James (26.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 6.5 apg,) suffered the injury last Thursday against the Thunder, had his nose repaired Friday and missed Sunday's game. He has averaged 37 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.8 threes over his last four games.
LeBron James, FHot2/25/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Heat forward LeBron James (broken nose) plans to play Thursday against the Knicks and will wear a mask.
Insight: James (26.9 ppg, 6.5 apg, 7.1 rpg) suffered the injury last Thursday against the Thunder, had his nose repaired Friday and missed Sunday's game. He has averaged 37 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.8 threes over his last four games.
Greg Oden, C2/23/2014 3:16:00 PM
Description: Miami big man Gred Oden will get the start Sunday against Chicago. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Oden hasn't started a game since 2009. He's averaged just 7.8 minutes per game this season. With Oden at the five, Chris Bosh will move over to power forward. It's just the second time this season the Heat have had to play without LeBron James (broken nose).
LeBron James, F2/23/2014 2:01:00 PM
Description: According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Heat forward LeBron James (broken nose) will not play Sunday against the Bulls.
Insight: James (26.9 ppg, 6.5 apg, 7.1 rpg) suffered the injury Thursday against the Thunder and had his nose repaired Friday. The Heat don't play again until Thursday so holding out James allows him to get a full week of rest. James has averaged 37 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.8 threes over his last four games.
LeBron James, F2/21/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: LeBron James is being listed as a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's matchup with Chicago. James broke his nose during Thursday night's win over OKC. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: James (26.9 ppg, 6.5 apg, 7.1 rpg) will have to be fitted for a protective mask. He passed his concussion test, which is obviously a good sign. Michael Beasley started at small forward the last time James was out with an injury.
LeBron James, F2/20/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: LeBron James exited Thursday's game after taking a shot to the face from Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.
Insight: It looks like he may have suffered a broken nose. James, who was covered in blood as he left the floor, will also be checked for a concussion. He'll finish the night with 33 points in 33 minutes of court time.
Dwyane Wade, G2/18/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade is probable for Tuesday's game against Dallas.
Insight: Wade has been battling a slew of injuries including a foot ailment that cost him Wednesday's game against Golden State. Wade played just 12 minutes in the All-Star game and should be ready to go Tuesday.
LeBron James, FHot2/18/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James torched Dallas for a season-high 42 points (four threes) with nine rebounds, six assists and two steals Tuesday night. James' two highest scoring games this season have came against the Mavs.
Insight: James has averaged 38.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 3.3 threes and 3.0 steals his last three games. After going cold from downtown (.263 3P% from Jan. 2 to Feb. 3), James has made 14-of-34 (.412) from behind the arc his last five games.
Dwyane Wade, G2/15/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade says he will play in Sunday's All-Star Game in New Orleans. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Wade has been battling a slew of injuries including a foot ailment that cost him Wednesday's game against Golden State. Wade probably won't play as many minutes as the East's other starters on Sunday. Joe Johnson and DeMar DeRozan are the two other shooting guards on the Eastern Conference roster.
Dwyane Wade, G2/13/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (foot) may have to miss the All-Star game Sunday, according to yahoo.com.
Insight: Wade sat out Tuesday due to a migraine and was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore left foot. He said he had numbness in his left leg in pre-game warmups after "the nerve kind of shut down" and kept him from having feeling in his left foot. Wade's knees have been doing better lately as he played 32 or more minutes in five straight games but he's had other issues to deal with.
Dwyane Wade, G2/12/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore left foot, according to Brian Windhorst of espn.com.
Insight: Wade missed Tuesday's game due to a migraine but was able to travel with the team to California and was announced as a starter. The good news is that his knees appear to be doing well, as he has played 32+ minutes in five straight contests and averaged 20 ppg on 61.8 percent shooting in that span, but these frequent absences are getting annoying for fantasy owners.
Dwyane Wade, G2/12/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (migraine) is expected to play Wednesday night at Golden State, according to Brian Windhorst of espn.com.
Insight: Wade missed Tuesday's game due to a migraine but was able to travel with the team to California. Migraines can come back at any time so Wade isn't out of the woods yet but we should see him Wednesday. The good news is that his knees appear to be doing well, as he has played 32+ minutes in five straight contests and averaged 20 ppg on 61.8 percent shooting in that span.
Dwyane Wade, G2/12/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade traveled with the team to play the Warriors Wednesday night, according to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald.
Insight: Wade missed Tuesday's game due to a migraine. His knees appear to be doing well, as he has played 32+ minutes in five straight contests and averaged 20 ppg on 61.8 percent shooting in that span. Miami and Golden State tip-off at 10:30 p.m. ET.
LeBron James, F2/12/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James ripped the Suns for 37 points and nine rebounds Tuesday night in Phoenix.
Insight: James also amassed five steals and three assists. This comes on the heels of a miserable 4-for-13 shooting night Saturday in Utah (season-low 13 points). Kevin Durant might be the game's top scorer but James is still the best all-around player.
Dwyane Wade, G2/11/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will not play Tuesday due to a migraine, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade participated in the shootaround this morning but he began suffering from a migraine in the afternoon, coach Erik Spoelstra said. The good news is that Wade has played 32+ minutes in five straight contests and averaged 20 ppg on 61.8 percent shooting in that span.
Dwyane Wade, G2/11/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade participated in the morning shootaround and is expected to play Tuesday against Phoenix.
Insight: When he's gotten through the shootaround Wade almost always plays in the game. He's posted more than 32 minutes in each of the last five contests, so he most be feeling pretty good.
LeBron James, F2/6/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles is hearing Miami could pursue a Blake Griffin for LeBron James swap after the season.
Insight: With Dwyane Wade's health in question, the Heat dynasty may soon be coming to an end. LeBron's goal has always been to win championships and playing alongside Chris Paul may give him the best opportunity to do that. Of course, the Clippers will need to give up a lot more than just Griffin in order for Miami to pull the trigger.
Dwyane Wade, GHot2/5/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade participated in the morning shootaround and is expected to play Wednesday against the Clippers.
Insight: After missing five of seven games and scoring eight points in each of the three games he did play from Jan. 15-26, Wade has scored 26 points on 67.6 percent shooting with seven boards and 4.5 assists in 35.5 minutes per game the last two games.
Dwyane Wade, G2/3/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will be in the lineup Monday against the Pistons.
Insight: Wade finally returned to form Saturday, scoring 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He has played 32+ minutes in two straight games.
Dwyane Wade, G1/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) will play and start Wednesday against the Thunder, according to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman.
Insight: Wade has been a headache for fantasy owners with his "will I or won't I?" act prior to almost every game. Of course, he's productive when he does play, though that hasn't been very often this month (missed five of the last eight games with knee issues).
Dwyane Wade, G1/29/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade, as usual, will be a game-time decision Wednesday against the Thunder. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: Wade has been a headache for fantasy owners with his "will I or won't I?" act prior to almost every game. Of course, he's productive when he does play, though that hasn't been very often this month (missed five of the last eight games with knee issues).
Dwyane Wade, G1/28/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (knees) is ready to return to the starting lineup, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports.
Insight: It was Wade's idea to come off the bench in his return to action Sunday after a four-game absence. "I asked (coach Erik Spoelstra) to take me out as a starter that one game, but I didn't ask him to do it the whole year," Wade said. "So we can stop that conversation."
Mario Chalmers, G1/26/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers had 16 points, seven assists and two treys Sunday against the Spurs
Insight: Chalmers sat out three games with an Achilles injury and has averaged 11.8 points, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 threes in six games since returning to the lineup.
Chris Bosh, CHot1/26/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh made 9-of-10 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line to score 24 points in 26 minutes Sunday against the Spurs.
Insight: The Heat led by 22 points going into fourth quarter so they were able to rest LeBron James and Bosh, but Bosh still got his numbers. With Dwyane Wade ailing, Bosh has stepped up and averaged 24 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 threes and 1.0 blocks over his last seven games.
Dwyane Wade, G1/26/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade didn't start, but did play Sunday against San Antonio, after missing the past four games.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad is that he played around 24 minutes and put up sub par numbers - eight points, three rebounds, five assists. Fantasy owners would probably rather he had not played at all rather than play poorly off the bench.
Dwyane Wade, G1/26/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade didn't start but did play Sunday against San Antonio.
Insight: He had sat out the last four games because of knee soreness. Ray Allen still got the start. We're not sure why he came off the bench or how that would help his sore knee (to sit down after warming up), but at least he's playing again.
Dwyane Wade, G1/25/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade returned to practice on Saturday. He could be back in the lineup as early as Sunday. SOURCE: Joe Goodman, Miami Herald
Insight: We suspect Wade will be in the starting five Sunday versus the Spurs. He's sat out the last four games because of knee soreness. Ray Allen (9.5 ppg) will return to a reserve role upon Wade's return.
Chris Bosh, CHot1/23/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh led all scorers with 31 points Thursday in a win over the Lakers.
Insight: It's only Bosh's second 30-point game of the season. Bosh has averaged 23.3 ppg since Dwyane Wade went down with a knee injury. Look for him to have another big game Sunday against the Spurs.
Dwyane Wade, G1/23/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade has been voted to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Insight: Even with his chronic knee issues, Wade continues to be the best shooting guard in the Eastern Conference. Though his 18.9 ppg is well below his career average, that's still good for third-best among Eastern Conference two-guards (DeMar DeRozan and Arron Afflalo are ahead of him).
LeBron James, F1/23/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James is headed to his tenth consecutive All-Star Game.
Insight: He was the leading vote-getter. LeBron will join his teammate Dwyane Wade in the starting lineup. James won the MVP award the last time the All-Star Game was held in New Orleans back in 2008.
Dwyane Wade, G1/23/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will miss his fourth consecutive game Thursday against the Lakers. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Head coach Erik Spoelstra isn't sure if he'll be able to play Sunday versus San Antonio. Veteran Ray Allen will continue to fill in at shooting guard while Wade (18.9 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.8 rpg) deals with knee issues.
Dwyane Wade, G1/23/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) did not play Monday at Atlanta or Tuesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against the LA Lakers.
Insight: Wade's knee are obviously acting up and he's not concerned with regular season games. Despite solid numbers if he can't get on the floor he's not helping fantasy owners.
LeBron James, F1/22/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: After making 40.5 percent of his 3-point attempts in his first 36 games, Heat forward LeBron James has made just 3-of-19 (.158) from behind the arc in his last five games.
Insight: That's OK, though, because he has managed to produce an average of 27.8 points per game in that span due to an increased number of field-goal and free-throw attempts.
LeBron James, FHot1/21/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James put up 29 points with eight rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals against Boston.
Insight: After hoisting up 25 shots against Charlotte a couple of games ago, James is heading back to his normal shooting attempt level. On this night he took 19 shots, making 10 of them. No, he's not going to match Kevin Durant shot for shot.
Dwyane Wade, G1/21/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) did not play Monday at Atlanta and now will miss Tuesday's game as well.
Insight: It's starting to be a concern as Wade has missed three in a row and four of the last six games. Despite solid numbers if he can't get on the floor he's not helping fantasy owners.
Dwyane Wade, G1/21/2014 8:49:00 AM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) did not play Monday at Atlanta, but is likely to return for Tuesday's home game against Boston.
Insight: Wade also missed Saturday's game against the Bobcats. We believe this is more about managing Wade's knees so that he'll be healthy for the playoff run rather than a serious injury.
Chris Bosh, CHot1/20/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Miami center Chris Bosh's 21 points Monday were actually his least in the last four games.
Insight: With Dwyane Wade dealing with soreness and missing the last two games, Bosh is being asked to shoulder more of the scoring load. He's attempted 17.8 field goals per game over the last four games while averaging 24.3 ppg in that span.
LeBron James, FHot1/20/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James' 30 points Monday at Atlanta were not enough to help Miami avoid losing for the fourth time in the last six games.
Insight: James has scored at least 30 points in six of the last eight games. After going 2-4 on its road trip, Miami begins a four-game homestand Tuesday against Boston.
Dwyane Wade, G1/20/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) will not play Monday at Atlanta. "I'm a little sore. I'm going to take another day and hopefully be better tomorrow," Wade said. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: Wade also missed Saturday's game against the Bobcats. He'll probably return Tuesday to play the Celtics.
Dwyane Wade, G1/20/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) will likely sit one of the two back-to-back games the Heat has scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
Insight: He'll be a game-time decision Monday in Atlanta, but if he plays then plan on him missing the next game against Boston. Wade isn't what he once was, but he's still averaging 18.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.8 spg. At this point in his career he only cares about playoff time and winning another trophy which doesn't fit well with fantasy owners.
Chris Andersen, F/C1/20/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Heat PF/C Chris Anderson didn 't play Saturday against Charlotte and is questionable for Monday's game against Atlanta due to a bruised knee.
Insight: Birdman (6.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg) has been struggling with knee issues for almost a month now. Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis will have to fill in for him on Saturday. None have fantasy value.
LeBron James, F1/19/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: LeBron James punished Charlotte with 34 points on 13-of-25 shooting Saturday in a 104-96 Miami victory.
Insight: James corralled eight rebounds for the third consecutive game. The Heat have followed up a three-game losing streak by winning two in a row. The only one even close to James' level of production right now is Kevin Durant.
Chris Andersen, F/C1/18/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Heat PF/C Chris Anderson won't be in action Saturday against Charlotte. SOURCE: Miami Herald
Insight: It's the third game in a row he's missed. Birdman has been struggling with knee issues for almost a month now. Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis will have to fill in for him on Saturday.
Dwyane Wade, G1/17/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) said after Friday's game that he won't play Saturday, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports.
Insight: Including Friday, the Heat have four games in the next five days and we expected Wade to miss at least one of them.
Chris Bosh, C1/17/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Miami center Chris Bosh led all scorers with 25 points in the Heat's 101-86 win at Philadelphia Friday night. He also had six rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.
Insight: Bosh helped the Heat pay the Sixers back for the Oct. 30 upset loss. The Miami center has averaged 25.5 ppg his last two games.
Dwyane Wade, G1/17/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) will play Friday against the 76ers, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports.
Insight: Including Friday, the Heat have four games in the next five days and Wade likely will sit out at least one of them.
Dwyane Wade, G1/17/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) will play Friday against the 76ers, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports.
Insight: Including Friday, the Heat have four games in the next five days and Wade likely will sit out at least one of them.
Dwyane Wade, G1/17/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade (knees) will be a game-time decision Friday against the 76ers.
Insight: Wade only had eight points on 4-of-11 shooting Wednesday at Washington and the team may look to hold him out with four games in five days coming up from Friday to Tuesday.
Mario Chalmers, G1/17/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers (Achilles tendinitis) said he's playing Friday against the Sixers, according to Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Chalmers missed the last three games after averaging 9.3 points, 5.1 assists, 2.8 rebounds 1.9 steals and 1.3 threes his first 32. Norris Cole put up 13.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 1.3 spg and 1.8 3pg in Chalmers' absence and this could end up as a shared situation.
Chris Andersen, F/C1/17/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Miami PF/C Chris Andersen (knee) will not play Friday against Philadelphia. He also sat out Wednesday.
Insight: Andersen adds enthusiasm to the Heat when he's on the floor, but at 6.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, there isn't much for fantasy owners.
Mario Chalmers, G1/17/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers sat out Wednesday against the Wizards (Achilles tendinitis), but did practice Thursday and will be a game-time decision.
Insight: Chalmers has missed three consecutive games. Norris Cole has played well in his absence and this could end up being a shared situation.
Greg Oden, C1/17/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Heat center Greg Oden (knee) actually played eight minutes against Washington on Wednesday, scoring six points and pulling down a pair of rebounds.
Insight: Oden hadn't played since December 5, 2009. Fantasy owners shouldn't get excited, he won't play enough minutes to be of value.
Chris Andersen, F/C1/17/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Miami PF/C Chris Andersen did not play Wednesday and will be a game-time decision on Friday.
Insight: Andersen's ailment was previously described as "body soreness," but he actually has a knee injury. He adds enthusiasm to the Heat when he's on the floor, but at 6.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, there isn't much for fantasy owners.
Dwyane Wade, G1/15/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade is playing Wednesday against Washington, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade wasn't in the lineup Friday against Brooklyn as part of the Heat's plan to protect his knees. The strategy has worked for Wade this season, as he has averaged 19.6 points, 4.9 boards, 4.8 assists and 1.9 steals with a career-high .545 shooting percentage.
Chris Andersen, F/C1/15/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Miami PF/C Chris Andersen will not play Wednesday. He's dealing with a knee injury, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Andersen's ailment was previously described as "body soreness," but he actually has a knee injury. Greg Oden will dress and may play for the first time since December 2009.
Shane Battier, F1/15/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Shane Battier (quad) will return to the lineup Wednesday, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Battier missed the last five games with a quad injury. He's averaging a paltry 4.4 ppg and 1.8 rpg this season.
Greg Oden, C1/15/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Heat center Greg Oden (knee) will dress for Wednesday's game, according to Tom Haberstroh of espn.com.
Insight: Oden hasn't played since December 5, 2009. Fantasy owners can avoid him.
Chris Andersen, F/C1/15/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Miami PF/C Chris Andersen isn't expected to play Wednesday against Washington. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: Andersen's ailment is being described as "body soreness." The Heat will rest players from time to time but it is a little surprising to see Birdman sit out after Miami just had a four-day layoff. Of course, we won't know for sure until tipoff at 7 p.m.
Mario Chalmers, G1/15/2014 2:58:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers will sit out Wednesday against the Wizards. He's still struggling with Achilles tendinitis. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Chalmers hasn't played in a game since January 5th. Norris Cole has played well in his absence and if Chalmers isn't careful, he could lose his starting job when he gets back.
Toney Douglas, G1/15/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: The Warriors traded point guard Toney Douglas to Miami Wednesday as part of a three-team swap. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: The Heat sent center Joel Anthony to Boston while Golden State received Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Celtics. Douglas only played 11 minutes per game for the Warriors and he could see even less time in Miami.
Dwyane Wade, G1/13/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade took Friday off to rest his chronic knees, but should be ready to go Wednesday versus Washington.
Insight: Wade wasn't be in the lineup Friday against Brooklyn and will take regular days off during the regular season. When he plays, he's still a solid option averaging 19.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.9 spg.
Mario Chalmers, G1/13/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers is questionable for Wednesday's game against Washington due to right Achilles tendinitis.
Insight: Achilles tendinitis has sidelined Chalmers for the past three games and we don't know when he'll be back. The Heat only care about the post season, so they may sit him for a while longer. Norris Cole (7.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.1 apg) has put up 18 and 12 points in his last two starts.
Mario Chalmers, G1/10/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers is sitting out Friday against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Achilles tendinitis has sidelined Chalmers for the past two games and we don't know when he'll be back. Norris Cole (7.3 ppg, 3.0 apg) is going to make his fifth start of the year at point guard on Friday night.
Shane Battier, F1/10/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Miami forward Shane Battier won't be available Friday against the Nets. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: Battier is out for the fifth game in a row with a quad injury. Rashard Lewis has averaged 7.0 ppg during Battier's four-game absence.
Dwyane Wade, G1/10/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Finally, Dwyane Wade is getting the night off. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Wade won't be in the lineup Friday against Brooklyn. It's a bummer, because we really wanted to see him wear "D-WADE" on the back of his uniform. Friday's absence ends Wade's Cal Ripken-like streak of seven games played in a row.
Shane Battier, F1/10/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Heat small forward Shane Battier is questionable for Friday's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: He's missed four games in a row with a quad injury. Battier is a much better player for the Heat than for fantasy owners.
Mario Chalmers, G1/10/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Heat starting point guard Mario Chalmers missed Thursday against New York and is questionable for Friday's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: It was the second game in a row he missed with Achilles tendinitis. Norris Cole will take Chalmers' place if the starter can't go and he is averaging 10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.0 apg over the last pair of games.
Dwyane Wade, G1/9/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will start Thursday's game against the Knicks. SOURCE: Ian Begley, ESPN New York
Insight: We keep waiting for Wade, who has now played in seven straight games, to get a break. Perhaps it will come Friday versus Brooklyn.
Mario Chalmers, G1/9/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: The Heat will be without starting point guard Mario Chalmers Thursday against New York. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: It's the second game in a row he's missed with Achilles tendinitis. Norris Cole will be starting in Chalmers' place. There's been no word yet on Chalmers' availability for Friday night's game against the Nets.
LeBron James, FHot1/7/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James has scored at least 30 points in two straight games.
Insight: He had 32 points, five assists, three rebounds, two steals and three treys Tuesday against the Pelicans. James has increased his field-goal percentage for the seventh straight season, up to a career-high .589.
Dwyane Wade, G1/7/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will play Tuesday, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade will play his sixth consecutive game Tuesday. Miami's plan to protect Wade's knees this season has worked well for all parties, and the back spasms he dealt with at the end of December haven't been a problem. He'll probably sit out either Thursday at New York or Friday at Brooklyn.
Shane Battier, F1/7/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Heat small forward Shane Battier will miss another game Tuesday against the Pelicans. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: It's the third game in a row he's missed with a quad injury. The hustle and leadership Battier provides has been vital to Miami's success over the last few seasons. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, his value rarely shows up on the stat sheet (4.4 ppg in 31 contests this season).
Mario Chalmers, G1/7/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (Achilles) is out Tuesday against the Pelicans, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Chalmers left Sunday's game with Achilles tendinitis and is day-to-day. He's averaging 9.3 points, 5.1 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.3 threes per game this season. Norris Cole will start, though LeBron James will probably see plenty of time at point guard as well.
Roger Mason Jr., G1/7/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: According to Bleacher Report's Ethan Sklonick, the Heat have guaranteed guard Roger Mason Jr.'s contract for the rest of the season.
Insight: It's significant because that gives Miami a full 15-man roster. If Miami had released Mason, they might have been able to sign Andrew Bynum, who was waived by the Bulls earlier today. Bynum, though high maintenance, would have been a candidate to defend Pacers center Roy Hibbert when these teams inevitably meet in the postseason. Hibbert has manhandled Chris Bosh in the past and Greg Oden remains without a timetable as he works his way back from a knee injury.
Dwyane Wade, G1/7/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade will be a game-time decision on Tuesday versus New Orleans, according to Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade played three games in four days from Jan 2-5, so this might be a good time to let him recover. He's averaging 19.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.0 spg in 26 games this season.
Mario Chalmers, G1/7/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Heat point guard Mario Chalmers didn't play in the second half Sunday due to Achilles tendinitis and is questionable for Tuesday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: Norris Cole would play at the point, though LeBron James is known to handle the ball quite a bit himself, so Cole isn't much of a fantasy option.
Shane Battier, F1/7/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Miami forward Shane Battier is dealing with a sore quad and is doubtful for Tuesday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: Battier is an important role player for the Heat, but he doesn't contribute enough for fantasy owners to use him.
Mario Chalmers, G1/5/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Heat point guard Mario Chalmers didn't come out for the start of the second half Sunday against Toronto. He's dealing with Achilles tendinitis.
Insight: According to the Heat's Twitter page, Chalmers will not return. Norris Cole is filling in at point guard though LeBron James is known to handle the ball quite a bit himself. Chalmers is day-to-day.
Dwyane Wade, G1/5/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Dwyane Wade will get the start at shooting guard Sunday against Toronto. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: It's the first time Wade (19.6 ppg, 4.9 apg, 4.6 rpg) has played both portions of a back-to-back since November 16th. Perhaps the knee issues that have ailed him throughout the season are starting to go away. Obviously, Wade is a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Dwyane Wade, G1/4/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade will be active for Saturday's game against Orlando. SOURCE: Michael Wallace, ESPN
Insight: Wade hasn't been playing back-to-backs, which leads us to believe he won't play Sunday against the Raptors. But for tonight at least, you can start him as you normally would.
Dwyane Wade, G1/4/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he is not sure if shooting guard Dwyane Wade will play Saturday, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports.
Insight: The Heat play against Toronto on Sunday so Spoelstra may just save the guard for then. Wade dealt with back spasms this week and also has sat sporadically this season to protect his knees.
Shane Battier, F1/4/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Miami forward Shane Battier is dealing with a sore quad and is questionable for Saturday's game, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports.
Insight: Battier is an important role player for the Heat but he doesn't contribute in fantasy leagues.
Dwyane Wade, G1/2/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (back spasms) made 9-of-18 from the floor and had 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and two threes in 36 minutes Thursday against the Warriors.
Insight: Wade sat out most of the second half Tuesday due to back spasms but didn't have to miss a game. The team has sat him sporadically to protect his knees and the strategy has worked -- Wade has a career-high .541 shooting percentage and is still a strong fantasy asset.
Dwyane Wade, G1/2/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (back spasms) is starting Thursday's game.
Insight: Wade missed most of the second half Tuesday due to the back problem. The Heat have sat Wade sporadically this season to protect his knees and it has worked -- he's shooting a career-high 54.3 percent from the field. The back injury is a new issue the 31-year-old and fantasy owners will have to worry about.
Dwyane Wade, G1/2/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said shooting guard Dwyane Wade (back spasms) "should be available" Thursday against the Warriors, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Wade missed most of the second half Tuesday due to the back problem. The Heat have sat Wade sporadically this season to protect his knees and it has worked -- he's shooting a career-high 54.3 percent from the field. The back injury is a new issue the 31-year-old and fantasy owners will have to worry about.
Chris Andersen, F/C1/2/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Heat PF/C Chris Andersen missed a third straight game Monday and is questionable for Thursday's game against Golden State as he continues to deal with back soreness.
Insight: Birdman gives Miami some energy off the bench but little else. Even when active, he isn't a fantasy asset (6.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg). He'll be a game-time decision.
Dwyane Wade, G1/2/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade (back spasms) missed Wednesday's practice and has been downgraded to doubtful for Thursday's against Golden State.
Insight: Wade missed most of the second half Tuesday due to the back problem. The Heat have sat Wade sporadically this season to protect his knees and it has worked -- he's shooting a career-high 54.3 percent from the field. The back injury is a new issue the 31-year-old and fantasy owners will have to worry about.
Dwyane Wade, G1/1/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade (back spasms) missed Wednesday's practice and will be a game-time decision Thursday against Golden State.
Insight: Wade missed most of the second half Tuesday due to back spasms. The Heat have sat Wade sporadically this season to protect his knees and it has worked -- he's shooting a career-high 54.3 percent from the field. The back injury is a new issue the 31-year-old will have to worry about.
Norris Cole, G12/31/2013 1:37:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Norris Cole fell hard on his face Monday night against the Nuggets but he's hoping to be back in the lineup Thursday versus Golden State. SOURCE: Miami Herald
Insight: Cole was able to escape with just a cut lip. He's been splitting minutes with Mario Chalmers at point guard this season.
Chris Andersen, F/C12/30/2013 8:52:00 PM
Description: Heat F/C Chris Andersen will miss a third straight game Monday as he continues to deal with back soreness. SOURCE: Heat.com
Insight: Birdman gives Miami some energy off the bench but little else. Even when active, he isn't a fantasy asset.
Ray Allen, G12/30/2013 8:39:00 PM
Description: Heat sixth man Ray Allen will suit up Monday against the Nuggets. Allen has been dealing with tendinitis in his right knee. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Allen only plays about 25 minutes per game nowadays, but he's still as accurate as ever from beyond the arc. He's been successful on 38.1 percent of his three-point attempts this season.
LeBron James, F12/30/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James is back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game with a strained groin. SOURCE: Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN
Insight: James will give it a go on his 29th birthday. So far, the four-time MVP is averaging 25.4 ppg, 6.5 apg and 6.9 rpg in 29 games this season. Miami's 23-7 record is second-best in the Eastern Conference.
LeBron James, F12/30/2013 2:45:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James (groin, ankle) made it through the morning shootaround and will be a game-time decision
Insight: James strained his groin and aggravated an ankle injury Friday night and missed Saturday's game. The best player in the league is obviously needed by all his fantasy owners. The Heat beat Portland without him.
Chris Bosh, C12/29/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Miami center Chris Bosh knocked down a game-winning 25-foot jumper just before time expired Saturday night in Portland.
Insight: The three came off a slick behind the back feed from Dwyane Wade. With LeBron James sidelined by a groin injury, Bosh was asked to take on the role of go-to scorer and he didn't disappoint. The 37 points he racked up were a season-high. Miami finishes up its West Coast swing Monday night in Denver.
Ray Allen, G12/28/2013 9:24:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Ray Allen (knee) is playing Saturday against the Blazers, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
Insight: Allen sat out to rest Friday. Miami will have both Dwyane Wade and Allen active Saturday but LeBron James (groin, ankle) will miss the contest.
LeBron James, F12/28/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James (groin, ankle) is officially out Saturday, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. It's his first absence of the season.
Insight: James strained his groin and aggravated an ankle injury Friday night. He attempted to warm up Saturday and looked good at first but his groin flared up again.
Dwyane Wade, G12/28/2013 8:48:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade is playing Saturday at Portland, according to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald.
Insight: Wade sat out Friday to rest. Miami's plan to keep Wade fresh has worked well this season, as the 31-year-old is shooting a career-high 54.7 percent and averaging 20 points, 5.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
LeBron James, F12/28/2013 8:21:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James (groin, ankle) tried to warm up for Saturday's game at Portland, according to csnnw.com. He looked good early on but grabbed his groin in pain and walked off the court looking frustrated.
Insight: James strained his groin and aggravated an ankle injury Friday night. Miami-Portland starts at 10 p.m. ET.
LeBron James, F12/28/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James passed Larry Bird and Gary Payton on the all-time scoring list Friday but it came at a price.
Insight: James, who finished with 33 points on 12-of-23 shooting, strained his groin during the overtime period and admitted that he wasn't "feeling too good" after the game. His status is in question for Saturday night's game in Portland.
Chris Andersen, C12/27/2013 8:57:00 PM
Description: Miami F/C Chris Andersen won't play Friday against the Kings. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Andersen tweaked his back in the Christmas game at Los Angeles. Udonis Haslem is probably going to see more minutes while he's out. Even when healthy, Birdman isn't a fantasy option.
Ray Allen, G12/27/2013 8:54:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Ray Allen won't be in the lineup Friday versus Sacramento. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Consider it a maintenance day. Allen should be fine for Saturday's 10 p.m. tilt against Portland. The veteran is averaging a career-low 10.6 ppg this season but is shooting close to 49 percent from the field (48.7).
Dwyane Wade, G12/27/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: Miami is resting Dwyane Wade on Friday. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: With three games in a four-day span, the Heat aren't taking any chances. Ray Allen is also out, which means Roger Mason is likely to get the start at shooting guard.
Ray Allen, G12/27/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Ray Allen (knee) will be a game-time decision Friday against the Kings.
Insight: Erik Spoelstra may sit Allen and Dwyane Wade Friday with another game coming up Saturday. Allen is averaging 25.5 minutes, 10.6 points and 1.6 threes per game this season.
Dwyane Wade, GHot12/27/2013 1:16:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (knee) is questionable for Friday's game, according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: Miami's handling of Wade this season, sitting him sporadically to rest his knees, has worked well, as he's shooting a career-high 54.7 percent and averaging 20 points, 5.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals.
Dwyane Wade, GHot12/25/2013 11:00:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade missed Monday's game, but came back on Wednesday with another strong effort.
Insight: Wade has sat out sporadically this season to rest his knees as he did Monday, but put up 23 points with six rebounds and seven assists against the Lakers. He just won Eastern Conference Player of the Week and has averaged 22.5 ppg on 58.7 percent shooting over his previous 11 games.
Dwyane Wade, G12/25/2013 5:01:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade missed Monday's game, but is expected to return on Wednesday.
Insight: Wade has sat out sporadically this season to rest his knees. He just won Eastern Conference Player of the Week and has averaged 22.5 ppg on 58.7 percent shooting over his last 11 games. The national TV game should get his best effort.
Michael Beasley, F12/23/2013 7:28:00 PM
Description: Miami forward Michael Beasley is active Monday for the first time since Dec. 5.
Insight: Beasley missed seven straight games due to a hamstring injury. He's picked up the scoring slack when Dwyane Wade has been out this season but he's unlikely to be leaned on in his first game back.
Dwyane Wade, GHot12/23/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will miss Monday's game. Ray Allen will start.
Insight: Wade has sat out sporadically this season to rest his knees. He just won Eastern Conference Player of the Week and has averaged 22.5 ppg on 58.7 percent shooting over his last 11 games.
Chris Bosh, C12/20/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh has stepped up his game lately with three 20-point efforts in his last four games.
Insight: Bosh had a season-high 25 points with eight rebounds in just 25 minutes Friday against the Kings. He's averaging a career-low 28.5 minutes per game this season.
Michael Beasley, F12/20/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Miami forward Michael Beasley missed Wednesday night against Indiana and is questionable for Friday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: He's missed six games in a row with a hamstring injury. He's a solid bench player for the Heat, but doesn't quite have the numbers for a fantasy starter (11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.6 apg.
Dwyane Wade, GHot12/18/2013 11:02:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade tallied 32 points on 15-of-25 shooting Wednesday against the Pacers.
Insight: Wade has missed six games but he's averaged 27.7 ppg over his last three games and 19.9 ppg this season.
LeBron James, F12/18/2013 11:00:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James had 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 36 minutes of play to help Miami knock off the Pacers Wednesday.
Insight: What injury? James was able to put up his usual terrific production despite being a game-time decision with an ankle sprain.
LeBron James, F12/18/2013 6:27:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (ankle) said he'll play Wednesday against the 20-4 Pacers.
Insight: James said his ankle has been better but it's also been worse. He's not 100 percent but should be in all fantasy lineups.
Michael Beasley, F12/18/2013 2:52:00 PM
Description: Miami will be without forward Michael Beasley Wednesday night against Indiana. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: He's now missed six games in a row with a hamstring injury. The Heat really could have used him tonight with LeBron James struggling with ankle problems.
LeBron James, F12/18/2013 2:43:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (ankle) wasn't at shootaround this morning. He's going to be a true game-time decision Wednesday against Indiana. SOURCE: Brian Windhorst, ESPN
Insight: Obviously every game is important but in the grand scheme of things, James can probably afford to sit this one out. It's the regular season, after all. Shane Battier would start at small forward if LeBron can't go.
LeBron James, FHot12/17/2013 3:30:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James did not practice Tuesday and will be a game-time call Wednesday against Indiana. He's dealing with an ankle injury.
Insight: James was able to finish Monday's game so we're guessing his absence on Tuesday was precautionary. He should be ready when the whistle blows Wednesday against the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers.
LeBron James, FHot12/16/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James left briefly with an ankle injury but was able to return and score 30 points Monday in an easy win over Utah.
Insight: James needed one more rebound and one more assist for a triple-double. He was 13-of-17 from the field. There's a reason they call this guy The King. Paul George and Kevin Durant have been great this year but nobody in the league is playing on LeBron's level right now.
Michael Beasley, F12/16/2013 11:56:00 AM
Description: Heat PF Michael Beasley is expected to miss the Monday night matchup with Utah.
Insight: Beasley injured his hamstring and has missed four consecutive games. He's averaging 11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg off the Miami bench.
Chris Bosh, C12/14/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh logged just his second double-double of the season Saturday against Cleveland.
Insight: Bosh had 22 points and 12 boards. He's averaging just 28.5 minutes, 14.3 points and a career-low 6.1 rebounds per game.
Dwyane Wade, G12/10/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will play against Indiana on Tuesday night. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: Wade was held out on Sunday and the team will continue to rest him sporadically throughout the year because of his chronic knee issues. LeBron James is probably going to be covered by Paul George, which could give Wade a little extra breathing room on offense.
Michael Beasley, F12/9/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Heat PF Michael Beasley is questionable for Tuesday's game against Indiana due to a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Beasley tweaked his hamstring in Thursday's loss at Chicago and missed the next two games. He's averaging 11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg off the Miami bench.
LeBron James, F12/7/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James came close to a triple-double Saturday against Minnesota.
Insight: James totaled 21 points, 14 boards and eight assists in 31 minutes of action. Unfortunately it came with a season-high seven turnovers. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Miami.
Michael Beasley, F12/7/2013 7:40:00 PM
Description: The Heat won't have Michael Beasley Saturday against the Timberwolves. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: Beasley tweaked his hamstring in Thursday's loss at Chicago. He's had a resurgent season, averaging 11.4 ppg in just under 18 minutes per game. His 54.6 percent success rate from the field is easily a career-high.
Dwyane Wade, G12/7/2013 7:37:00 PM
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Minnesota. SOURCE: Nate Sandell, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Insight: He missed Thursday's game in Chicago because of an illness. Wade's 18.5 ppg scoring average is his lowest since 2003-04. That was Wade's rookie season.
Dwyane Wade, G12/7/2013 1:53:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (illness) participated in shootaround Saturday and will be a game-time decision against the Timberwolves.
Insight: Wade missed Tuesday's game to protect his knees, and an illness kept him out of Thursday's contest. The guard has averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks while shooting 53.1 percent from the field this season, but his chronic knee soreness will keep him out sporadically for the rest of the season.
Dwyane Wade, G12/5/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade (illness) will miss Thursday's game against the Bulls, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Wade missed Tuesday's game to protect his knees, and now he's dealing with an illness. The guard has averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks while shooting 53.1 percent from the field this season.
Dwyane Wade, G12/5/2013 5:31:00 PM
Description: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he didn't know if guard Dwyane Wade (illness) would play Thursday, according to beat writer Ethan J. Skolnick.
Insight: Wade missed Tuesday's game to protect his knees, and now he's dealing with an illness. The guard has averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks while shooting 53.1 percent from the field this season.
Dwyane Wade, G12/5/2013 1:15:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade didn't play Tuesday, but is probable for Thursday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Wade should be fine for Thursday's matchup versus the Bulls, but given the state of his knees he could sit out one of the back-to-back games over the weekend. Frustrating? Yes, but it's probably going to play out like this all season long so get used to it.
Dwyane Wade, G12/3/2013 6:07:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade won't suit up Tuesday against Detroit. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: He's just getting a breather after playing eight games in a row. Wade should be fine for Thursday's matchup versus the Bulls.
Mario Chalmers, G11/27/2013 2:50:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Mario Chalmers was back at shootaround and should be ready for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: He skipped Monday night's game because of a tight hip flexor. Norris Cole got the start at point guard in Chalmers' absence.
Shane Battier, F11/27/2013 2:42:00 PM
Description: Miami forward Shane Battier isn't available for Wednesday's game in Cleveland. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: He's battling a cold. Battier (4.8 ppg, 34.1 percent shooting on three-pointers) has given the Heat good production off the bench but he's not a fantasy consideration.
Dwyane Wade, GHot11/26/2013 7:18:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade has averaged 24 points, 8.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in two games since returning from a two-game absence.
Insight: Wade will be in and out of the lineup all season due to chronic knee issues, but at least fantasy owners can count on strong production when he's active.
LeBron James, F11/25/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James burned Phoenix for 35 points in Monday's win.
Insight: It was James' fifth 30-point game of the season. His 60.9 field goal percentage in 2013-14 is unheard of for a player at his position. LeBron could be headed for his third MVP award in as many seasons.
Mario Chalmers, G11/25/2013 6:58:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers will miss Monday's game against Phoenix because of a tight hip flexor. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: It's Chalmers' second absence of the season. He's been lethal from the three-point line this season, connecting on just under 49 percent of his tries from long range. Other than that, his numbers have been pretty ordinary (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg in 26.9 mpg).
Dwyane Wade, G11/24/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance Saturday in a narrow win over the Magic.
Insight: Wade put up 27 points in his first game back after sitting out the previous two contests with a knee injury. Two of the 27 came on a one-handed jam over Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic midway through the third quarter. Saturday marked the veteran's second-highest scoring output of the season (29 against the Clippers on November 7th).
LeBron James, F11/23/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James flirted with a triple-double Saturday versus Orlando.
Insight: James finished with 22 points and the Heat needed every single one of them. A fourth quarter surge propelled Miami to a two-point victory. The rest of LeBron's stat line included nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Miraculously, James has not committed a single foul in his last three contests. Miami plays its next contest Monday against Phoenix.
Dwyane Wade, G11/23/2013 7:08:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade is back after missing two games with a knee injury. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Wade (16.7 ppg, 5.2 apg, 4.6 rpg) is probably going to be in and out of the lineup all season. He's still a fairly reliable fantasy option given the lack of depth at shooting guard throughout the league but keep in mind, this isn't the 2009 Dwyane Wade we're dealing with.
Dwyane Wade, G11/21/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (knees) is expected to play Saturday after missing the last two games. SOURCE: sun-sentinel.com
Insight: Wade said he's about 70 to 75 percent healthy right now, according to the Miami Herald. The team will have to sit him sporadically for the rest of the season.
James Jones, F11/20/2013 9:41:00 PM
Description: Heat swingman James Jones started a second straight game Wednesday at Orlando and had 17 points and five threes in 20 minutes of play.
Insight: Jones had played just four minutes all season prior to the last two games, which he started with Dwyane Wade out. Wade's status going forward is uncertain, so Jones could see more starts, but he's only a fantasy option for owners desperate for threes in 14-16 team leagues.
Michael Beasley, F11/20/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Michael Beasley scored 14 points with seven rebounds in just 21 minutes of play Wednesday at Orlando.
Insight: After playing a total of four minutes over the first six games of the season, Beasley has played 17.5 minutes per game and averaged 11.7 points and 2.8 rebounds over the last six. He's still not a fantasy option, however.
Dwyane Wade, G11/20/2013 6:28:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (knees) will miss Wednesday's game. He also sat out Tuesday.
Insight: Wade said he's about 70 to 75 percent healthy right now, according to the Miami Herald. The team will have to sit him sporadically for the rest of the season.
Dwyane Wade, G11/20/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic. SOURCE: Miami Herald
Insight: He missed Tuesday's game with a sore knee. Wade said he's about 70 to 75 percent healthy right now. For what it's worth, he did travel with the team to Orlando.
LeBron James, F11/20/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James produced a season-low 13 points Tuesday in a win over Atlanta.
Insight: The 13 shots he attempted were his fewest since the season opener against Chicago. James is averaging a career-low 35.5 mpg this season. Despite the lack of playing time (at least by his standards), LeBron remains a top-three fantasy player.
Dwyane Wade, G11/19/2013 6:15:00 PM
Description: Miami guard Dwyane Wade won't be in the lineup Tuesday against the Hawks. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: It's the first half of a back-to-back which means the Heat are probably saving Wade for Wednesday's game in Orlando. Roger Mason Jr. got the start at shooting guard the last time Wade got the night off.
Mario Chalmers, G11/19/2013 11:29:00 AM
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers, who was suspended for Saturday's game against the Bobcats, should be back in the lineup for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Chalmers was whistled for a flagrant in Friday's win over Dallas for elbowing Dirk Nowitzki in the head. He's a low-end fantasy option averaging 9.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.0 apg.
Dwyane Wade, G11/19/2013 11:27:00 AM
Description: Dwyane Wade is probable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta. He's dealing with his chronic sore knees.
Insight: Wade hasn't been playing in the second game of back-to-backs this season to protect his knees, but they will from time to time act up anyway. fantasy owners always have to check to make sure Wade is in the lineup.
Ray Allen, G11/19/2013 11:24:00 AM
Description: Heat guard Ray Allen was back at practice Monday and appears to be ready to return for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Allen's only value these days is in his three-point ability (1.6 per contest).
Dwyane Wade, G11/17/2013 12:38:00 PM
Description: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade was sore toward the end of the third quarter Saturday night, so he sat him out the rest of the game. He's expected to play Tuesday but is iffy for Wednesday. SOURCE: sun-sentinel.com
Insight: Wade hasn't been playing in the second game of back-to-backs this season to protect his knees, but with Mario Chalmers suspended for a game and Ray Allen out with the flu, Miami needed Wade to start Saturday. The game was well in hand by the time Wade came out.
Dwyane Wade, G11/16/2013 9:41:00 PM
Description: Miami coach Erik Spoelstra limited Dwyane Wade to 23 minutes Saturday against the Bobcats.
Insight: Wade hasn't been playing in the second game of back-to-backs this season to protect his knees, but with Mario Chalmers suspended for a game and Ray Allen out with the flu, Miami needed Wade to start Saturday. However, the Heat was up 26-16 after the first quarter and coasted to a 16-point win.
LeBron James, FHot11/16/2013 9:38:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James has scored at least 30 points in three straight games.
Insight: James has shot a blazing 40-of-57 (.702) from the field in that span. He's hitting shots at a career-high .622 clip this season.
Dwyane Wade, G11/16/2013 6:17:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will start Saturday against the Bobcats.
Insight: Wade hasn't been playing in the second game of back-to-backs this season to protect his knees, but with Mario Chalmers suspended for a game and Ray Allen out with the flu, Miami needs Wade in the backcourt.
Mario Chalmers, G11/16/2013 3:41:00 PM
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers has been suspended for Saturday's game against the Bobcats. SOURCE: Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: Chalmers was whistled for a flagrant in Friday's win over Dallas for elbowing Dirk Nowitzki in the head. Norris Cole should get the start at point guard in Chalmers' place. He averaged 13.0 ppg in four starts last season.
Dwyane Wade, G11/15/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Dwyane Wade hounded the Mavericks for eight steals in Friday's 110-104 victory at American Airlines Arena.
Insight: The Heat shooting guard finished with 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. Despite playing well on Friday, Wade is questionable for Saturday's game in Charlotte. The 31-year-old hasn't been playing in back-to-backs because of his knees.
LeBron James, FHot11/15/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: LeBron James is heating up. The Heat forward scored 39 points in Friday's victory over the Mavs.
Insight: He shot an impeccable 14-of-18 from the field. He was even better from the free throw line (10-of-11). The turnovers are a problem (six on Friday) but that's to be expected when you're handling the ball as much as James is. He's the most complete player in fantasy, hands down.
Dwyane Wade, GHot11/15/2013 8:25:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade may not play Saturday against Charlotte. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: He hasn't been playing back-to-backs and Miami should be able to beat the Bobcats without Wade's assistance. Wade is active for tonight's game against the Mavs.
Udonis Haslem, F11/15/2013 7:25:00 PM
Description: Miami power forward Udonis Haslem won't be in action Friday against the Mavericks. SOURCE: Michael Wallace, ESPN
Insight: Haslem is still struggling with back spasms. Friday will mark the veteran's fourth absence in a row. Consider him questionable for tomorrow's tilt against the Bobcats.
Ray Allen, G11/15/2013 7:07:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Ray Allen is out for Friday's game versus Dallas. He's spent most of the week battling flulike symptoms. SOURCE: Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Insight: He won't travel with the team to Charlotte on Saturday either. Allen doesn't start anymore so it's not a huge loss for fantasy owners.
Udonis Haslem, F11/15/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Heat forward Udonis Haslem is questionable for Friday's game against Dallas The veteran has been battling back spasms.
Insight: Though he plays good defense, Haslem's lack of scoring and just 16 mpg makes it tough to use him in almost any fantasy format.
Ray Allen, G11/15/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Miami shooting guard Ray Allen is questionable for Friday's game against Dallas due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Allen provides low-end value (11.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.7 spg, 1.6 3pt) when healthy.
Greg Oden, C11/12/2013 11:24:00 AM
Description: Heat center Greg Oden has yet to make his season debut and there is no timetable for his return.
Insight: Oden hasn't played since December 2009, so the Heat are easing the former No. 1 overall pick back into action. He's not worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues as he'll be limited when/if he does return to the court.
LeBron James, F11/11/2013 4:17:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James (back spasms) said he will play Tuesday against Milwaukee, according to Michael Wallace of ESPN.com.
Insight: "I'm active tomorrow. Y'all need to stop trying to treat me like D-Wade around here," James said jokingly to reporters on Monday.
LeBron James, F11/10/2013 2:07:00 PM
Description: Miami forward LeBron James admitted that his back injury is still bothering him.
Insight: James looked fine in Saturday's loss to Boston, contributing 25 points eight boards and ten assists in 37 minutes of court time. We'll continue to monitor him closely but for now it appears LeBron will keep playing through the pain.
LeBron James, F11/10/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James came close to a triple-double Saturday against Boston (25 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds).
Insight: Unfortunately for LeBron, it came in a losing effort. Miami is off to a 4-3 start, its worst since 2008-09. At least LeBron owners can take solace in the fact that his back injury doesn't seem to be affecting his scoring output.
Udonis Haslem, F11/9/2013 7:44:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Udonis Haslem won't be in the lineup Saturday against the Celtics. The veteran has been battling back spasms. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: It's his first absence of the season. Though he plays good defense, Haslem's lack of scoring makes it tough to employ him in fantasy leagues (just 3.0 ppg in six games). Sharp-shooter Shane Battier is taking his place in the starting lineup.
LeBron James, F11/9/2013 7:23:00 PM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James will play through back spasms Saturday against the Celtics. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: There's a good chance Miami will be able to jump out to a big lead early and give James some rest in the second half. James averaged 29.3 ppg against the Celtics in 2012-13, though that was a much different team than the one he'll be facing on Saturday.
Dwyane Wade, GHot11/7/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: Miami shooting guard Dwyane Wade reached 20 points for the fourth straight game with a season-high 29 Thursday against the Clippers.
Insight: Sitting out last Wednesday's game at Philadelphia in the second half of a back-to-back worked wonders for Wade, who has played at least 34 minutes in each of the last four games and shot 35-of-68 (.515) from the field in that span.
Chris Bosh, C11/7/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh missed Tuesday's game, but is probable for Thursday's game against the LA Clippers.
Insight: Bosh's wife gave birth Monday. He should be back in the lineup Thursday against the Clippers and in fantasy lineups.
LeBron James, F11/5/2013 10:06:00 PM
Description: LeBron James proved once again why he's the best player on the planet Tuesday in a convincing victory over Toronto.
Insight: The Miami forward exploded for a season-best 35 points on 13-of-20 shooting. He nearly finished with a triple-double, contributing eight rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes of court time. The 20 shots James attempted were a season-high.
Chris Bosh, C11/5/2013 5:55:00 PM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh will miss Tuesday's game.
Insight: Bosh's wife gave birth Monday. He should be back in the lineup Thursday against the Clippers.
Dwyane Wade, G11/1/2013 8:18:00 PM
Description: Dwyane Wade was back on the court Friday for Miami's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: He sat out Wednesday at Philly and probably won't play back-to-backs until further notice. Luckily for fantasy owners, the Heat won't have another back-to-back until November 19th and 20th.
Dwyane Wade, G11/1/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade sat out Wednesday's game against the Sixers to rest, but is probable for Friday's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: Miami is expected to sit Dwyane Wade in back-to-back games through the end of the calendar year and in a few games they think they can win without him to make sure he's healthy for the playoff run. He should be ready for Friday's matchup.
Dwyane Wade, G10/30/2013 5:49:00 PM
Description: Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will sit out Wednesday's game against the Sixers to rest, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.
Insight: Miami's main goal as it tries to three-peat is to reach the playoffs with everyone healthy. Wade suffered through injuries all of last season and postseason and will get sporadic days off this year, especially when the team has back-to-backs or is playing an inferior opponent like Philadelphia.
LeBron James, F10/30/2013 9:14:00 AM
Description: While Tuesday's season-opening win over the Bulls wasn't one of LeBron James' more memorable games, the superstar forward still managed to lead his team in scoring with 17 points in 38 minutes.
Insight: He also contributed six boards and eight assists. The Heat were in cruise control for most of this game so LeBron could afford to take his foot off the gas at times. Wednesday's game in Philly should be even less competitive which could lead to an early exit for The King.
Shane Battier, F10/29/2013 10:58:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Shane Battier was lights out Tuesday in a season-opening victory over Chicago.
Insight: The 35-year-old shot an incredible 5-of-6 from the field including 4-of-4 from downtown. He won't play big minutes this year (he only played 22 on Tuesday) but if you're searching for a guy who can knock down threes, look no further.
Greg Oden, C10/28/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Heat center Greg Oden is not expected to play in the season opener Tuesday, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Insight: Oden hasn't played since December 2009, so the Heat are easing the former No. 1 overall pick back into action. He's not worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues.
Greg Oden, C10/24/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Heat center Greg Oden saw his first game action in almost four years Wednesday night against New Orleans.
Insight: Oden scored two points in four minutes of action. He also gave away two turnovers and committed a pair of fouls. It's great to see Oden back on the floor but he's unlikely to be a contributor for any fantasy teams this season.
Ray Allen, G10/19/2013 10:38:00 PM
Description: Miami shooting guard Ray Allen has missed three straight preseason games, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that he isn't hurt.
Insight: According to Ethan J. Skolnick of Turner Sports, Spoelstra said he wanted to get a look at Roger Mason Jr. with different lineups. Allen will be ready for the season opener and fantasy owners can expect something similar to what he provided last season -- 10.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.8 3pt.
Michael Beasley, F9/12/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: Michael Beasley is back with the team he started his career with, the Miami Heat.
Insight: When you have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in your lineup, you can afford to gamble with the rest of your roster. Hey, it worked out with Birdman didn't it? Maybe Beasley will experience a similar renaissance now that he's in South Beach.

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