Dragic scratched from Heat's lineup with strained elbow

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 19, 2017 09:31 AM
Dragic scratched from Heat's lineup with strained elbow
FILE - MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 1: Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat handles the ball against the Chicago Bulls on November 1, 2017 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

By George Henry, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Heat guard Goran Dragic was scratched from the starting lineup because of a strained left elbow, leaving Miami with just nine healthy players Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) against the Atlanta Hawks.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said Dragic tested his elbow before the game, but it was too sore for him to shoot. Dragic leads the Heat with a 16.6 scoring average and has started all 29 of Miami’s games. Tyler Johnson started in Dragic’s spot.

Forward James Johnson is sidelined after leaving Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) home win over the Los Angeles Clippers with bursitis in his right ankle. Bam Adebayo started in his spot.

Forward Justise Winslow missed his third straight game with a knee injury. Guard Dion Waiters started despite a stomach bug.

The Heat plan to bring up rookie guard Matt Williams on a two-way contract from Sioux Falls of the G-League. He will be in uniform Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) when Miami visits Boston.

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