Miami Heat News: Goran Dragic (Back) to Return Tonight Versus Nets

2 Min Read

The Miami Heat will receive a little bit of help entering tonight’s game versus the Brooklyn Nets.

The Heat announced that Goran Dragic will make his return tonight after missing the last two games due to back spasms. Dragic initially aggravated the injury in a 99-97 loss to the Washington Wizards last Friday night. The star point guard missed two games, and the Heat went 1-1 in his absence.

His return will be much-needed as Hassan Whiteside will be suspended for Wednesday’s game versus the Nets. Whiteside was involved in an altercation with the Boston Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk on Monday night. The center shoved a forearm into the back of Olynyk’s neck and was ejected from the game. Miami would go on to lose by a score of 100-90.

Entering tonight’s meeting with the Nets, the Heat stand a half-game behind the Charlotte Hornets for the eighth and final playoff spot. Through 63 games played, Miami is 28-35 and ahead of the Nets by two-and-a-half games.

Since being acquired on February 19 from the Phoenix Suns, Dragic has played in eight games and has averaged 18.1 points and 5.7 assists while shooting .523 percent from the field.

Dwyane Wade spoke of Dragic’s impact on the team following practice on Tuesday:

“It’s going to be very important. It’s going to help us out a lot. He’s our anchor.”

The Heat will host the Nets at 7:30 pm EST and the game will be broadcast on Sun Sports.
[xyz-ihs snippet=”Responsive-ImagenText”]

Share This Article
D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.