Wed. Mar 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oden will be available Wednesday versus the Nets, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: The Heat recently had a back-to-back set on the slate, the second game of which Oden was held out. Despite his active status Wednesday, there is really no league that should consider a roster spot for the center.
News: Bosh scored 22 points (10-14 FG, 2-3 3Pt) to go along with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 34 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Impact: Bosh has made six three-pointers over his last three games and is averaging a career-high 0.9 threes on the season. Look for him to continue to shoot from behind the arc, as the Heat constantly look to spread the floor.
News: James scored 23 points (10-15 FG, 3-4 3Pt) to go along with seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 37 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Impact: James has been in a bit of a shooting slump, so Monday marked a step in the right direction. He amazingly failed to attempt a single free throw for the second consecutive game, and it's possible that he's hesitating some due to his broken nose.
News: Wade will take the court for Monday's game, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: This is worth reporting, as he played a season-high 40 minutes in Sunday's game. It's an encouraging sign that the veteran will be able to take the court 24 hours later, but it would still be a surprise, if his knee maintenance program didn't sideline him a couple more times before the end of the season.
News: Oden won't play in Monday's outing versus the Wizards, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Because the Heat are embarking upon the second game of a back-to-back set, Oden will take a seat, as he normally does. He's coming off a nine-minute performance Sunday at Chicago in which he tallied just one offensive rebound and one blocked shot.
News: Wade had 25 points (7-16 FG, 11-12 FT) with five boards, four assists and two steals in a season-high 40 minutes Sunday in an overtime loss in Chicago.
Impact: It's worth noting that this was the first game of a back-to-back set for the Heat, and Wade's season-high 40 minutes due to the game going to overtime could result in him sitting out Monday's game against the Wizards as part of Miami's knee maintenance program for Wade. This is purely speculation, but Wade's owners would be wise to double-check his status prior to Monday's game.
News: James had 17 points (8-23 FG, 1-3 3Pt), nine boards, eight assists, three steals and one block in 45 minutes Sunday in an overtime loss to the Bulls.
Impact: This was James' first game without his protective mask since he first broke his nose on Feb. 20. Jimmy Butler and the Bulls' team defensive scheme held James without a free-throw attempt for the first time in four-plus seasons. Look for him to come out with more aggression in Miami's next game.
News: Oden was active for Sunday's game, and saw nine minutes off the bench.
Impact: He contributed just one rebound and one block in his brief run, and is not worth an investment in most fantasy leagues at this time.
Ray Allen - #34 - Shooting Guard - 6'5" - 205lbs
News: Allen (illness) had seven points (2-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and one rebound in 21 minutes off the bench Sunday.
Impact: Allen was feeling ill prior to Sunday's game, but went out and played his typical minutes against the Bulls, and should be fine moving forward.
News: Liggins will play for Sioux Falls of the NBA's D-League on Sunday, before rejoining the Heat for Monday's contest against the Wizards.
Impact: Since putting pen to paper on a 10-day contract in late February, Liggins made just one appearance in five games, posting two points and an offensive rebound in one minute. As a result, he's a fantasy non-entity, even if the Heat eventually re-up him for the remainder of the season.
News: James will ditch the mask that has protected his broken nose Sunday at Chicago, Turner Sports reports.
Impact: A 61-point performance aside last Monday, James is averaging 23 points (on 53.7 percent shooting), six assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.3 steals in 35.8 minutes in four other contests since breaking his nose. However, he's only knocked down 1-of-10 treys during those games, so it remains to be seen if he can bounce back to his mark of 37.4 percent from deep on the season.
News: Oden is active for Sunday's game at Chicago, Turner Sports reports.
Impact: Oden has appeared in six of the Heat's eight post-break outings, averaging 4.2 points (on 71.4 percent shooting) and two rebounds in 8.5 minutes. Meanwhile, because the Heat have a back-to-back set on tap, he's expected to be unavailable to deep-league owners considering the center for Monday's contest against the Wizards.
Ray Allen - #34 - Shooting Guard - 6'5" - 205lbs
News: Allen is under the weather but is expected to log his typical number of minutes Sunday in Chicago, Turner Sports reports.
Impact: A combination of late flights and the weather helped Allen pick up the cold. He may find difficulty achieving his normal 26.3 minutes per game, and his stat line in eight second-half tilts -- 7.8 points (on 44.2 percent shooting), 2.5 rebounds, two assists, and 1.4 three-pointers in 24.8 minutes nightly -- isn't exactly helpful to owners in standard formats.
Sat. Mar 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Liggins has signed a second 10-day contract with the Heat, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Liggins has seen just one minute of playing time since signing his first 10-day deal with the team and should be equally insignificant over the next one.
Fri. Mar 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oden played six scoreless minutes Thursday versus the Spurs.
Impact: Oden sat out Tuesday's game against the Rockets because it was the second game of a back-to-back, but was used Thursday for a brief period in San Antonio. Still building his fitness, Oden has averaged just over eight minutes in 15 games played this season.
News: Bosh finished with 24 points (10-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 35 minutes Thursday.
Impact: With Lebron struggling from the field against the Spurs' defense, Bosh stepped with as the main offensive threat for Miami. He scored a team-high 24 points but struggled against Tim Duncan on the defensive end giving up 23 points and 11 rebounds.
News: Wade finished with 16 points (7-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 36 minutes Thursday.
Impact: After sitting out Monday's game to rest, Wade was ready for Thursday's game against the Spurs and performed well, even though the Heat lost in a blowout. The Heat don't play again until Sunday, so he should be able to rest up over the next couple days.
News: James recorded 19 points (6-18 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-9 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in 38 minutes Thursday.
Impact: James struggled from the field against the Spurs' defense, although he was able to produce in multiple other categories to make up for it. Look for him to recover in a string of upcoming games against weaker defensive teams after Sunday's game against Chicago.
News: Wade is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Spurs, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: Sure, he needs regular maintenance, but did you really think Wade would miss this one? With two days off before Miami's next game, the star shooting guard should be fine to handle his typical workload, if not more.
News: James (nose) will take the court Thursday in San Antonio, ProjectSpurs.com reports.
Impact: Erroneous reports emerged following Tuesday's game that James broke his previously fractured nose, which were incorrect. There wasn't really a question regarding his availability Thursday, but owners should expect him to be extremely motivated against the team that took the Heat to the brink of elimination in last year's NBA Finals.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oden (rest) will be available for Thursday's game against the Spurs, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Oden sat out Tuesday's game against the Rockets, the second game of a back-to-back for the Heat. He does not offer much fantasy value when he does play. In only 14 games played this season, Oden is averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Updating a previous report, James did not re-break his nose in Tuesday's loss to the Rockets, NBC 6 Sports reports.
Impact: This is good news for his fantasy owners, as it is unlikely that he will have to miss any more time because of his nose injury. James has played well through the injury and with his protective mask. He has averaged 33.5 points, including his 61-point performance Monday, 5.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists in four games since the injury occurred.
News: James stated that he re-broke his nose during Tuesday's loss to the Rockets, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: James still managed to play 37 minutes in the loss, scoring 22 points (9-18 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT) to go along with six assists, three steals and a rebound. It's currently unclear if he'll have to miss additional time as a result, but it sounds like the mask may be sticking around for a while.
Michael Beasley - #8 - Forward - 6'10" - 235lbs
News: Beasley scored a season-high 24 points (9-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with four boards and two assists in 28 minutes off the bench Tuesday against the Rockets.
Impact: It's no secret that Beasley is talented enough to hang a stat line like this, but owners certainly shouldn't expect this kind of production on a nightly basis. He has 14 double-digit scoring games in 41 games this season, and in addition to marking a season high, Tuesday's game was just the second time Beasley has scored 20-plus points.
News: Wade returned to action Tuesday and had 24 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-12 FT), four boards, six assists and two steals in 37 minutes against the Rockets.
Impact: Wade sat out Monday's game for rest, but as expected, he was back out there for Tuesday's game. We definitely haven't seen Wade's last DNP (rest) of the season, but he's usually pretty productive when he plays. Owners will just need to be cognizant of his potential to sit out any game, and monitor his status on a day-to-day basis.
News: Wade will play Tuesday against the Rockets, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: He sat out Monday for rest, annoying fantasy owners in the process, but as was expected, he'll be back in the starting lineup Tuesday. Hopefully he is well-rested and can put up a nice stat line to make up for his absence Monday.
News: Oden will be out of action Tuesday against the Rockets, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: It's the second game of a back-to-back for Miami, so the Heat are likely just giving Oden a night off. He will be available Thursday against the Spurs.
Tue. Mar 4, 2014 | STATS
News: James put on the best scoring show of his NBA life Monday night, pouring in 61 points - a career high and franchise record - as the Heat beat the Bobcats 124-107.
Impact: James made 22 of 33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts. He had 24 points at halftime, then added 25 in the third quarter. His career best had been 56 points, on March 20, 2005, for Cleveland against Toronto. Glen Rice scored 56 to set the Heat record on April 15, 1995, against Orlando.
News: Bosh scored 15 points (6-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 30 minutes Monday against the Bobcats.
Impact: Bosh has cooled off a bit of late, as he is averaging 12.7 points and 5.7 rebounds over his last three games. He has continued to provide owners with three-pointers, though, hitting at least one three in five of his last six games.
News: James scored a career-high 61 points (22-33 FG, 8-10 3Pt, 9-12 FT) to go along with seven rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes Monday against the Bobcats.
Impact: The Bobcats had no answer for James on Monday, as he lead the Heat to a victory. He's heating up as the playoffs approach and should continue to be an elite fantasy option.
Toney Douglas - #0 - Guard - 6'2" - 185lbs
News: Douglas will get the start Monday with Dwyane Wade getting a rest day, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: Douglas has gotten the nod a couple times now when Wade opts to sit out random games, but he's not a great fantasy play, as the Heat's role players tend to offer little upside.
News: Wade (rest) won't take the floor Monday against the Bobcats, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: The absence will mark Wade's first since the break, during which he averaged 21.4 points (on 61.6 percent shooting), 5.8 assists, five rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 32.6 minutes across five tilts. Coach Erik Spoelstra will take a wait-and-see approach to Wade's availability Tuesday in Houston, which owners should also follow. While a starter at two-guard hasn't been revealed, Ray Allen is the likely candidate to enter the starting five.
Sun. Mar 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Switching from a black protective mask to a clear one didn't seem to hinder James, who had 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting in Saturday's win over the Magic.
Impact: James' five-game streak of 31-plus points came to an end, but he did also record nine rebounds and seven assists in just 31 minutes of action.
Sun. Mar 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Wade scored 24 with another ultra-efficient shooting night, going 10 for 14 in Friday's win over the Magic.
Impact: Miami's rest plan for Wade seems to be paying dividends, with "Flash" averaging 21.3 points on 62.0 percent shooting over his last nine games. Wade's 55.5 field-goal percentage is the highest of his career.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wade scored 24 points (10-14 FG, 4-5 FT) with four assists in 30 minutes in the win over the Magic on Saturday.
Impact: Wade had hit 61.6 percent of his field goals over his last five games and, perhaps more importantly, has not missed a game since the All-Star break. The Heat have won each of the five games and now have a seven-game winning streak.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oden played 13 minutes and scored a season-high eight points (3-3 FG, 2-3 FT) with four boards in the win over the Magic on Saturday.
Impact: Oden equaled his season high with 13 minutes and is having a clear effect on the Heat when he's on the court. His minutes may creep up in the next couple of months, but his value will be limited.
News: Wade scored 23 points (10-13 FG, 3-4 FT) to go with two rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Impact: Wade was super efficient Thursday, missing just three of his 13 shots. He scored 20+ points for the third straight game despite only playing 27 minutes in Thursday's blowout win over the Knicks.
News: James (nose) scored 31 points (13-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT) to go with four rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes against the Knicks.
Impact: Lebron doesn't appear to have missed a beat even after sitting out Sunday's game and playing Thursday with a face mask for his nose. He outscored Carmelo Anthony and finished the month of February with seven 30+ points games.
News: James (nose) is expected to play Thursday against the Knicks, the Associated Press reports
Impact: James will wear a protective mask to shield his nose during Thursday night's contest. But that should not slow him down as he has averaged 32.0 points, 5.3 assists and 7.6 boards over his last three games. Mask or not, James should continue to put up elite numbers for your fantasy team.
Wed. Feb 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James (nose) was a full participant at practice Wednesday wearing a protective mask. He will be reevaluated and is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Knicks, the Heat's official site reports.
Impact: James practiced with the protective mask so he can get used to playing with it on. After missing Sunday's game, fantasy owners will be anxious to get him back in their lineups. It will be worth keeping an eye on how playing with the protective mask affects him, if at all.
Tue. Feb 25, 2014 | STATS
News: The Miami Heat say they have signed guard DeAndre Liggins to a second 10-day contract.
Impact: Liggins was signed originally Feb. 25 after being called up from Sioux Falls, Miami's affiliate in the NBA Development League. Liggins has appeared in one game with the Heat, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound in Miami's 124-107 win over Charlotte on Monday.
News: James returned for the NBA champions Thursday against the lowly New York Knicks.
Impact: James missed Sunday's victory over Chicago after breaking his nose in the previous game. He said he plans to try out a new protective mask in practice Wednesday and will wear it in games while his nose heals.
News: Wade tallied 24 points and 10 assists in Thursday's win over Oklahoma City.
Impact: It marked just the third double-double of the season for Wade, who is averaging 6.8 assists over his last four games.
News: Bosh scored 24 on 6-of-9 shooting in Thursday's win over Oklahoma City.
Impact: Bosh is averaging 21.5 points and shooting 65.2 percent from the field over his last four contests.
Thu. Feb 20, 2014 | STATS
News: James passed a concussion test but will be evaluated when the team returns to Miami after going down with a bloody nose midway through the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder after he was hit by Serge Ibaka on a drive to the basket.
Impact: James took a shot to the face and then dunked over Ibaka, before going down to the floor. He stayed down on the floor and left it bloody, with a towel over his nose. He briefly went to the bench area, and then left the court area. He left the game with 33 points and seven rebounds.