Heat hope Cody Zeller can return from broken nose soon

Miami Heat center Cody Zeller underwent a procedure on his broken nose on Friday, and he is working his way back to the court.

Zeller, who the Heat picked up after the All-Star Game, suffered the broken nose — the second of his career — against Orlando on Saturday. Fortunately for Miami, the Heat expect him back soon.

“Everything looks encouraging,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I know what he wants to do and I know, based on previous history of guys with these kind of procedures, it will be sooner than later. But you just have to see how the swelling is and all that. He does have his old mask, so that will be a good thing.”

Zeller has played 10 games with the Heat, averaging 13 minutes per game off the bench. He has scored 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Yurtseven readjusting in his first games back

Heat center Omer Yurtseven finally made it back on the court after missing Miami’s first 68 games due to ankle surgery.

“It’s been hard, especially losing the ability to run and then building yourself back up,” Yurtseven said. “And that way back was grueling. It was a battle.”

The second-year center made his season debut against the Orlando Magic on Saturday and has played between six and 11 minutes in three games since returning to action.

“Every day is like another big step. … Being able to feel that is amazing, but it’s also like I want more,” Yurtseven said. “I can’t wait for the next day.”

The return to the court has not gone perfectly, though. Yurtseven had three quick fouls in Miami’s win over Memphis on Wednesday and had to be subbed out of the game.

“I understand that it would be an adjustment,” Yurtseven said. “My biggest thing is no matter what, …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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