Derrick Jones Jr. Takes Nasty Fall During Game, His Injury Status Updated

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The Miami Heat are trying to get through the preseason without any more injuries cropping up.

The team dodged a bullet on Tuesday night in their game against the Charlotte Hornets after Derrick Jones Jr. appeared to have suffered a potentially serious injury to his shoulder that quieted the crowd at Spectrum Center.

However, X-rays on the shoulder later came back negative.

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The 21-year-old Jones is known for his leaping ability, a talent that could see him playing other positions than the wing. The Heat are breathing a sigh of relief that the scary incident appears to have caused no major issues.

The team has two weeks to get ready for the start of the regular season, with Tuesday night’s game having four players ruled out because of injury or continued rehabilitation from offseason surgery.
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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.