Miami Heat News: Luol Deng Ruled out for Saturday’s Matchup vs. Cavs

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It’s official—Luol Deng will be missing his fifth consecutive game.

The Miami Heat have announced that the 30-year-old small forward will miss Saturday night’s game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a hamstring injury. While Deng did participate in the team’s morning shootaround, he still wasn’t recovered enough in time for the team’s big matchup versus the Cavs:

Though Deng did take part in Saturday’s shootaround, coach Erik Spoelstra did state that he still has yet to have a full speed contact practice since the injury:

In Deng’s absence, Gerald Green has been starting the team’s last several games at small forward. While he has had his moments such as the 25-point outing in a win over the New York Knicks on November 27th, he has scored just 14 total points in his past two games.

If Green doesn’t start versus the Cavs, Justise Winslow remains at option due to the need of a defensive-minded player having to guard LeBron James at the three position.
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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.