Spoelstra addresses ailing Heat, with Butler, Strus, Robinson ruled out and Herro upgraded to questionable; 10 of Heat’s 16 players on injury report

Typically, the Miami Heat minimize conversation about injuries and injured players.

The franchise of “we have enough” tends to be more focused on making do with what is available and making inroads from there.

But after an 0-4 trip that featured three crushing tight losses and one sobering blowout defeat, coach Erik Spoelstra essentially issued a call to arms — and knees, and ankles, and other ailing body parts — after Monday night’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves that dropped his team into 12th place in the Eastern Conference at 7-11.

No, he wasn’t naming names, at least not those who have been out injured. Those he chose to address by name were those who had lined up for extra minutes or unexpected minutes as the Heat continually scrounged during the trip to fill spots on the active roster.

No, as he sat in the interview room at Target Center after Monday night’s loss, he instead was seemingly making a plea to those who have been erring on the side of caution, with Tyler Herro skipping the trip due to an ankle sprain and Jimmy Butler leaving during the trip due to knee pain.

In fact, of all the injuries that sidelined up to nine of the roster’s 16 players at times during the trip, only center Omer Yurtseven, with his ankle procedure, was the lone member of the roster sidelined by a surgical injury.

“At some point, hopefully we’ll be getting some guys back,” Spoelstra said, with the Heat next to host the Washington Wizards on both Wednesday and Friday nights. “Even if they’re not fully 100 percent, even if they’re close enough, maybe they can give us a little bit of reinforcement, even if it’s just short minutes.

“That’s where we are right now.”

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Source:: The Denver Post

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