Miami Heat News: Goran Dragic to Return Friday vs. Milwaukee Bucks

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It looks like Goran Dragic is finally ready to return.

The Miami Heat point guard has missed the past eight games due to a calf strain injury, but Shandel Richardson of The Sun Sentinel reports that Dragic is expected to play versus the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Erik Spoelstra said that all indications lead to Dragic playing in Milwaukee:

“It’s getting better each day. All indicators are that he’s in the right direction for [Friday] night.”

Since last week, Dragic had been stating that Friday’s game at Milwaukee would be his return game. It turns out he was right all along.

The Slovenian point guard is eager to return. He indicated that this is the longest that he’s been out during his NBA career:

“This is the longest that I was out in my NBA career, even in Europe. It’s not fun. You want to get back on the floor and help your team … Now, it’s finally over.”

Entering Friday’s game versus Milwaukee, the Heat will be at nearly full strength—the only player who definitely will not play is Chris Andersen.

During Dragic’s absence, the Heat went 3-5, so his return is definitely much needed for a team fighting for a playoff spot.
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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.