Report: Three Players to Be Unavailable for Heat’s Season Opener

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The Miami Heat will begin their 28th NBA season on Wednesday night.

Unfortunately, as much as Heat fans want to see this new-look group perform on the court, some major faces will be missing come Oct. 26. In a series of tweets sent out by the Sun Sentinel‘s Ira Winderman, the beat writer updated the statues of a few players for opening night.

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The absence of Wayne Ellington, who suffered a right quad contusion in the Heat’s final preseason game on Friday, is surprising, as only Josh Richardson and Josh McRoberts were expected to miss the team’s opener.

Ellington, 28, was signed in July and brought in to help the Heat spread the floor. The 3-point specialist even started during the preseason and played some heavy minutes.

Richardson, a sophomore now, partially tore the MCL in his right knee during an offseason workout on Sept. 9. The 23-year-old will definitely see his role with the team increase after already being a key player last season. Although he won’t be playing Wednesday, expect to see the budding young guard a lot throughout the regular season.

While fans are eager to see the two injured guards play, not the same can be said for McRoberts. The forward has been injured for the majority of his time in Miami and has made little difference when playing. Still, the 29-year-old believes he can make an impact on the team and will reportedly come back as a center.

A new era in Heat basketball starts Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.
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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.