Dragic, Jones Jr. practice, set to return to Heat rotation

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 21, 2019 07:45 AM
Dragic, Jones Jr. practice, set to return to Heat rotation
FILE - PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 16: Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat passes the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Two of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. are on their way back to the Miami Heat rotation.

Both practiced Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) and are available for Miami’s game at Philadelphia on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Dragic has played in only two of Miami’s last 41 games, and underwent surgery to clean out his right knee in December. Jones got bone bruises in his right knee after a fall in a game at New York last month.

Jones was originally expected to be out for at least a few more weeks. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said both have work remaining before getting back to full strength.

Dragic, an All-Star last season, was averaging 15.3 points and 4.9 assists before surgery. Jones is averaging 7.4 points this season.

Miami (26-30) is currently ninth in the Eastern Conference.

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