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Miami Heat News: Heat Update Injury Report for Friday’s Game vs. Pacers

Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic

The Miami Heat will once again have their hands full as they attempt to bring down the scorching Indiana Pacers without the help of Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, and Derrick Jones Jr.

Wade (personal reasons) will miss tonight after being absent against the San Antonio Spurs due to the birth of his baby daughter.

Dragic (knee) will be present in warmups but will also miss Friday’s Eastern Conference showdown after being sidelined Wednesday against the Spurs. He’s hopeful, however, that he’ll see action on Saturday against the Washington Wizards.

Small forward Derrick Jones Jr. is ruled out with a bruised right knee that occurred Wednesday, forcing him to sit out the rest of the game after grabbing six rebounds in under 10 minutes.

The Heat are also without guard Dion Waiters (ankle) and forward James Johnson (hernia), as they both continue to rehab and await their season debuts.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra will have to go deep into his roster and afford some off the younger and minute-stripped players more opportunities in order to secure a win. Season-breakout players such as Rodney McGruder and Josh Richardson should salivate in the opportunity to showcase even more of what they can bring to the table with key players out.

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