Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wade (knee) says he feels better going into this postseason than he did last postseason, the Sun-Sentinal reports.
Impact: Wade missed Game 4 of the Heat's first-round series against the Bucks last season to rest his knee, but the absence may have been tied to the fact that the Heat were up 3-0 in the series and ended up sweeping the Bucks without him in the fourth and final game. He averaged 22 minutes per game over the Heat's final three games of the regular season, but the minutes limit he was held to in those games will be lifted for the playoffs. If you're playing in any playoff leagues, it should be safe to draft Wade high. It appears the 28 games of rest the Heat gave him this season may just pay off.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anderson (rest) ultimately did not play in Wednesday's season finale.
Impact: Anderson was one of many playoff bound players that received some rest during their team's final game of the season Wednesday. He stands of a great chance of suiting up for the Heat's first playoff game Sunday against the Bobcats.
News: Wade scored 16 points (6-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT) to go along with four assists and two rebounds against the Sixers on Wednesday night.
Impact: Prior to Saturday, Wade had missed nine straight games nursing a hamstring injury. Since then, he's averaged 16.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 21 minutes over three games. It's hard to get a real read on him considering these games didn't mean anything and LeBron James missed two of them. But he looks healthy for what it's worth and with a few days off before Game 1, he should be as close to 100 percent as he's going to get.
News: Oden (illness) scored two points (0-2 FG, 2-2 FT) and grabbed five rebounds in 14 minutes against Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Impact: Considering he hadn't played since March 26, Wednesday was a nice dress rehearsal for Oden. His minutes in the postseason will completely depend on matchups. Al Jefferson and the Bobcats certainly qualify, though, meaning Oden will more than likely be needed for 10-15 minutes. His fantasy value, though, is non-existent.
News: Beasley left Wednesday's game with a sprained right ankle and will not return.
Impact: Prior to exiting, Beasley put up eight points (3-4 FG, 2-2 FT) to go with a rebound and two blocks in 15 minutes. While the team may just be erring on the side of caution by holding Beasley out, consider him questionable to play in Sunday's playoff opener against the Bobcats.
News: Oden (illness) will play Wednesday against the Sixers, Turner Sports reports.
Impact: While dealing with the stomach flu, Oden says he lost some weight and hopes to use Wednesday's finale as an opportunity to get his timing back and be "ready for Big Al [Jefferson]." We're yet to see how Oden will be used in a playoff setting, but Miami will certainly give him an opportunity to prove he's capable of controlling opposing centers on the defensive end.
James Jones - #22 - Guard-Forward - 6'8" - 215lbs
News: Jones will start Wednesday's game against the Sixers, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: With LeBron James and Chris Bosh both resting, Jones will enter a rag-tag Miami starting lineup. The veteran sharpshooter could see significant minutes but will likely slip back into a reserve role once the playoffs roll around.
News: Wade will start Wednesday's season finale against the Sixers, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Wade was considered probable all along, but some doubt remained considering Wednesday's game is virtually meaningless. However, it appears Wade will use the contest as a tune-up for the playoffs, which begin on Sunday for Miami.
Mario Chalmers - #15 - Point Guard - 6'2" - 190lbs
News: Chalmers (rest) will miss the Heat's regular season finale against the Sixers on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Chalmers will get the night off to rest before the Heat enter the playoffs. Expect Norris Cole to take over point guard duties in Chalmers' absence.
News: Oden is expected to take part in the Heat's season finale on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Oden must be over the stomach virus that caused him to miss Monday's game. It isn't a guarantee that he will suit up, but with James and Bosh already ruled out to rest up for the playoff run, the Heat could use Oden to take some minutes in the finale.
News: James (rest) will sit out the team's regular season finale Wednesday.
Impact: The Heat's priority of health over seed was evident when they sat both James and Bosh on Monday, so sitting them Wednesday is no surprise. James should be well rested going into the Heat's playoff run.
News: Bosh (rest) will sit out of Wednesday's season finale.
Impact: Bosh sat out of Monday's game and it looks as though he will miss the regular season finale as well. The Heat have nothing to play for so the move isn't surprising. Bosh should be fresh and ready to go for the Heat's first playoff game.
News: Wade will likely suit up for the Heat in their final regular season on Wednesday, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Wade has been playing limited minutes in the last two games and sat out the nine previous to that. It seems as though he will work in some minutes on the season finale, but since the Heat have nothing to play for, he will probably play limited minutes again.
News: Wade scored nine points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go along with three assists and two steals in 18 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Impact: Wade only played limited minutes Monday, and there's a chance he might not play at all Wednesday against Philadelphia, as the Heat rest their star players for a playoff run.
News: Beasley scored 18 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Impact: The Heat are resting several key players to get ready for the playoffs, so look for Beasley to have a significant role again Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: LeBron James and Bosh have received a night off as the Miami Heat prepare for the playoffs. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said both would sit out Monday's game against the Washington Wizards.
Impact: Spoelstra said James is "dealing with some minor ailments" but "nothing that's significant enough that will keep him out" for the playoffs. He said the same was true for Bosh.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: James and Chris Bosh have received a night off as the Miami Heat prepare for the playoffs. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said both would sit out Monday's game against the Washington Wizards.
Impact: Spoelstra said James is "dealing with some minor ailments" but "nothing that's significant enough that will keep him out" for the playoffs.
News: Andersen is doubtful to play Wednesday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: This means Monday's game is likely Andersen's regular season finale, and he can be dropped in single-season formats after the tilt.
News: Douglas will start Monday in Washington, Turner Sports reports.
Impact: LeBron James (rest) is getting the night off, so Dwyane Wade is shifting up to small forward, as the Heat go with an even smaller lineup than normal. However, Douglas remains a shaky option for owners, as he's not very talented, and the Heat use unpredictable rotations.
News: Battier will start Monday at Washington, Turner Sports reports.
Impact: With LeBron James (rest) and Chris Bosh (rest) both getting the night off, Battier will get the nod but remains a pretty iffy fantasy option.
News: Beasley will come off the bench Monday in Washington, Turner Sports reports.
Impact: Dwyane Wade will start at small forward, with Mario Chalmers and Toney Douglas starting in the backcourt. Beasley could still see significant minutes, with LeBron James (rest) and Chris Bosh (rest) both getting the night off, but it's less of a sure thing with him coming off the bench.
News: Wade is still on a minutes limit, Turner Sports reports.
Impact: Wade played just 23 minutes Saturday and said that he'll get enough run to stay in rhythm, so we wouldn't expect him to see 30-plus minutes Monday, even with LeBron James (rest) and Chris Bosh (rest) both getting the night off.
News: Bosh (rest) is out Monday against the Wizards, Ira Winderman of the SunSentinel reports.
Impact: Bosh and teammate Lebron James will both sit out Monday in an effort to head into the playoffs healthy and fully rested. It is still unclear if head coach Erik Spoelstra will play Bosh and James in the Heat's final game against Philadelphia, and it may depend on how the Pacers do in their final games.
News: James (rest) is out Monday against the Wizards, Ira Winderman of the SunSentinel reports.
Impact: At just a half-game back in the race for the first overall seed in the east, it is a bit surprising that the Heat are sitting James. Evidently, going into the playoffs healthy and rested are more important than getting that top seed. Even without James, it is possible that teammate Dwayne Wade (hamstring) will play and be enough to push the Heat to another victory.
News: Wade went through the whole shootaround for the Heat on Monday, and is expected to play Monday against the Wizards, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: Wade returned to the lineup on Saturday for the first time since March 26, scoring 24 points in 23 minutes of action. Following Monday morning's shootaround, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said that Wade felt strong, so there appears to be no lingering effects from the injury. Wade should be ready to go for Monday.
News: Battier may be in the starting lineup Monday if LeBron James is awarded a day of rest as expected, Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Battier has seen just three minutes of work over the Heat's previous two games, but this could be headed for a steep increase if James is given a day of rest as expected.
News: Beasley may be in the starting lineup Monday if Chris Bosh is awarded a day of rest as expected, Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Beasley has seen just seven minutes of floor time in the month of April, and is therefore an ideal candidate to replace Chris Bosh, who has seen a heavy workload of late.
News: Bosh (rest) is a candidate to take a seat Monday night against the Wizards, Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Bosh has played 35 minutes or more in five of the Heat's seven games in April, and will likely take a seat alongside Lebron James Monday night. Although the Heat remain in contention for the east's top seed, they appear to have placed going into the playoffs well-rested as a higher priority. Michael Beasley would be the most likely candidate to start in his place.
News: James (rest) is a candidate to take a seat Monday night against the Wizards, Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: James has played 35 minutes or more in each of the Heat's past six games, and will likely take a seat along with Chris Bosh Monday night. Although the Heat remain in contention for the east's top seed, they appear to have placed going into the playoffs well-rested as a higher priority. Shane Battier would be the most likely candidate to start in his place.
News: Oden (illness) didn't travel with the team for Monday's game against the Wizards, Ethan Skolnick of Turner Sports reports.
Impact: Oden likely wouldn't have played anyway due to a back injury, but will remain in Miami rather than travel due to his illness. He hasn't played since March 26, but the Heat remain hopeful he'll be able to contribute in the playoffs.
News: Wade scored 24 points (10-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-9 FT) in 23 minutes in his first game since Mar. 26, as the Heat were beaten by the Hawks on Saturday.
Impact: Wade looked good (apart from his stroke at the free throw line) in his return to the court. He may see limited minutes in the Heat's last two games of the regular season.
News: Wade (hamstring) will play Saturday at Atlanta, saying, "Now it's about getting comfortable and pushing it to see where I'm at."
Impact: Wade has missed nine straight games and won't play his full complement of minutes. It will be interesting to see how his hamstring holds up.
News: Oden (illness) isn't with the team for Saturday's game in Atlanta, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: Oden has missed nine games with a back ailment and now has a stomach virus. He may make a token appearance with the Heat before the regular season ends in order to get ready for the playoffs.
News: Wade (hamstring) is a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Hawks.
Impact: Wade has missed nine straight games with a hamstring issue. The playoffs are not far off, so it would be good to see the off-guard play even limited minutes to shake off some rust.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: James finished with 36 points in Friday's 98-86 win over Indiana.
Impact: James is playing well down the stretch, averaging 34.8 points while hitting 10 of 23 from 3-point range in his last five games.
News: James scored 36 points (11-20 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 12-13 FT) with six boards in 35 minutes in the win over the Pacers on Friday.
Impact: It looks as if the Heat and Pacers will tussle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference until the end of the season, which means James may continue to play big minutes. He has hit 56.2 percent of his field goals over his last five games with 34.8 points. While Kevin Durant may win the MVP this season, James has been plugging along impressively.
News: Anderson (knee) returned from a one-game absence and played 16 minutes with five points (1-4 FG, 3-4 FT) and six points in the win over Indiana on Friday.
Impact: Andersen has missed two of the Heat's last four games, but has been an effective rebounder in limited minutes. He could provide rebounds and blocks for fantasy playoff leagues.
News: Haslem (illness) provided 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-4 FT) in the win over the Heat on Friday. He played 31 minutes in his return after a two-game absence.
Impact: Haslem played major minutes and was effective against the Pacers' frontcourt. He was able to help foul out David West and was a factor on the boards. Haslem could be a sneaky pick in fantasy playoff leagues.
News: Andersen will play Friday against the Pacers, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: Andersen will suit up, after missing Wednesday's game with a knee injury, but he'll provide another big body off the bench against the Pacers with Greg Oden (back) out and Chris Bosh starting at center.
News: Anderson (knee) is considered a game-time decision to play Friday, the Heat's official Twitter account reports.
Impact: Anderson was a limited participant during Friday morning's shootaround and will have to wait until closer to tip-off before a decision is made on his playing status. The center has been in and out of Miami's lineup over the past week, but would surely help defend a big Indiana front-court if he's cleared for Friday's game.
News: Haslem (illness) will play Friday against the Pacers, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Impact: Haslem's stomach virus kept him out of the Heat's past two games, but the veteran will return for Friday's top-heavy tussle versus Indiana. His presence should add size alongside Chris Bosh in Miami's starting front-court, a lineup move that figures to move Shane Battier into a reserve role.
News: Oden (back) has been ruled out of Friday's game against Indiana, the Heat's official Twitter account reports.
Impact: Oden's back spasms have prevented him from playing since late March, so Friday's absence simply continues that trend. With the playoffs right around the corner, the Heat are taking every caution with Oden, making him a non-factor in fantasy leagues to close the regular season.
News: Wade (hamstring) will not play Friday against Indiana, the Heat's official Twitter account reports.
Impact: Wade has not played since aggravating his hamstring in Miami's most recent game against the Pacers on Mar. 26. However, despite being ruled out Friday, Wade has ramped up his on-court workouts recently, so he's thought to be nearing a return to game action. Until then, expect Toney Douglas to occupy the Heat's starting shooting guard position, although Ray Allen is the better fantasy option with Wade out.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wade (hamstring) is drawing closer to a return to the court, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Nevertheless, coach Erik Spoelstra said, "He [Wade] has to pass a battery of tests before we take him to the next level."
Impact: Wade completed a rigorous on-court workout before Wednesday's defeat in Memphis, implying that his hamstring concern is nearly behind him. His exact odds of suiting up for Friday's showdown with the Pacers are unclear, but if the Heat opt for another day off, Toney Douglas will man two-guard once again.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: James led the Heat with 37 points Wednesday.
Impact: He connected on 14 of 23 shots, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc.
Justin Hamilton - #7 - Center - 7'0" - 255lbs
News: Hamilton could see minutes off the bench Wednesday versus Memphis, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: With Chris Andersen (knee), Greg Oden (back) and Udonis Haslem (illness) all out of the lineup, Hamilton will likely be forced into duty Wednesday. The former D-Leaguer has seen exclusively garbage minutes since coming to Miami in mid-March and has not played more than six minutes in any of the three contests in which he's appeared.
News: Wade (hamstring) has been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup with the Grizzlies.
Impact: Wade's absence continues for the second straight week, as he has not played since Miami's showdown with the Pacers on Mar. 26. His status going forward remains unclear, but with Miami's focus shifting to the playoffs, Wade should be considered a nightly game-time call. Expect Toney Douglas to continue starting in his place.
News: Oden (back) will not take the court Wednesday in Memphis.
Impact: Oden continues to deal with the back spasms that have kept him out of the lineup since Mar. 28. It's difficult to assess just how close Oden is to returning, as the Heat are obviously exercising extreme caution with the fragile big man.
News: Andersen (knee) will not play Wednesday versus the Grizzlies.
Impact: Andersen's absence will the leave the Heat very shorthanded in the frontcourt, as he joins Udonis Haslem (illness) and Greg Oden (back) on the sideline. Andersen is day-to-day at this point, and the Heat could hold him out of a couple games down the stretch to ensure his health for a playoff run.
News: Haslem (illness) will not play Wednesday versus the Grizzlies, the South Florida SunSentinel reports.
Impact: Dealing with a stomach virus, Haslem did not travel with the team and will miss his second straight game after sitting out Tuesday's loss to the Nets. Miami certainly won't rush him back, so consider him questionable for Friday's showdown with Indiana.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Haslem missed Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn because of a stomach virus.
Impact: It is unclear when the veteran forward will return to the court.
News: Andersen (back) took the court Tuesday, but scored just five points with five boards in 19 minutes against the Nets.
Impact: He wasn't his typical self, as he didn't block a shot, which is his only source of value in fantasy leagues. The Heat will want him fresh for the playoffs, so if his back is bothering him it wouldn't be surprising if he got a rest day before the end of the regular season.
News: Oden (back) will not play Tuesday, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: The Heat are likely being cautious on Oden heading into the playoffs. Look for Chris Andersen to get more minutes with both Oden and Udonis Haslem (illness) out.
News: Battier will start Tuesday for Udonis Haslem (illness), the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Battier hasn't been producing much fantasy value this season despite occasionally getting the minutes. Still, expect him to start at the small forward spot with Haslem out.
News: Douglas will continue to start Tuesday for the injured Dwyane Wade (hamstring), the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Douglas has been starting for Dwyane Wade, but hasn't paved out fantasy value despite getting minutes in the rotation. He's a non-option in most formats, and can remain in the wire in spite of this news.
News: Andersen (back) intends to play Tuesday against the Nets, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Andersen is averaging 8.4 rebounds over the last five games, and he's been producing deep league fantasy value over the recent stretch. Consider him worth owning in 16-man leagues or deeper.
News: Haslem will not play Tuesday against the Nets with a stomach virus, Turner Sports reports.
Impact: Haslem is averaging 5.3 points and 3.5 rebounds this season and won't be much of a fantasy factor heading forward. Still, he adds depth to Miami's roster, and Chris Andersen will look to get more minutes in light of this news.
News: Wade (hamstring) will not play Tuesday against the Nets, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: The Heat are being extremely cautious about Wade, and it appears he'll ride the pine again. He's been missing several games this season, and owners can just hope he plays a few more games down thw stretch.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Andersen is out with a bruised right knee.
Impact: It's unclear when Andersen will be back, but he's considered day-to-day. The Heat are afforded the luxury of resting him for the playoffs.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: James scored 38 points, helping Miami rally past New York on Sunday, 102-91. The four-time MVP was great down the stretch, scoring 22 points in the second half.
Impact: James has scored 30 or more points in three of his last four games.
News: Douglas got the start for Dwyane Wade (hamstring/Achilles) out, and finished with five points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three boards and three assists in 25 minutes.
Impact: Shane Battier (31 minutes) and Ray Allen (29 minutes) both saw more run than Douglas off the bench, so even if he sees further nods in the starting lineup, he's far from a solid fantasy option.
News: Douglas will start for the Heat on Sunday against the Knicks.
Impact: With Dwayne Wade sidelined Douglas gets the starting nod at shooting guard. He could see some significant minutes on Sunday with Wade, Chris Andersen, and Greg Oden all out of the lineup. His minutes depend mainly on Wade, so he is a shaky bet when looking for someone with consistent minutes.
News: Andersen will not play in Sunday's contest against the Knicks due to back and knee problems, the South Florida Sun-Sentinal reports.
Impact: Anderson hasn't missed any time prior to Sunday's game, so it's possible the injuries surfaced at some point following Friday's game against the Timberwolves. The "Birdman" has given the Heat some quality minutes off the bench as of late, averaging 8.4 rebounds and ten points in 21.8 minutes over his last five games. He will likely be day-to-day going forward.
News: Oden will be sidelined for Sunday's game against the Knicks, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Oden has been in and out of the lineup for the Heat all season with injuries and needed rest. Even when he did take the court, he only averaged single-digit minutes and didn't make a significant fantasy contribution. He will likely continue in his current role when he makes his return.
News: Wade will miss Sunday's contest against the Knicks, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Wade has been dealing with the hamstring injury for a while now and has also strained his achilles on March 16. The Heat will likely take things easy with Wade to get him healthy for the team's playoff run.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wade is not only dealing with a nagging hamstring strain that he suffered in the Mar. 26 loss to Indiana but is also enduring soreness from the strained Achilles that he sustained on Mar. 16 against the Celtics, ESPN's Michael Wallace reports. "Obviously, testing out that Achilles is something he didn't want to push too far, or the hamstring. So he's been strengthening and conditioning," teammate LeBron James said of Wade's ailments. "I think he's getting back to where he needs to be, and probably within the next week he should be back on the floor."
Impact: Wade missed his 24th game of the season Friday, and his fifth in a row, as this has been a very frustrating year for him and his owners. He's been very productive when he plays, but that production has been hard to count on. For those in leagues that wrap up next week, it might be time to part ways with Wade, but it sounds like he should be back before the Heat's regular season finale on Apr. 16.
Ray Allen - #34 - Shooting Guard - 6'5" - 205lbs
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Allen (illness) returned to action Friday against the Timberwolves and posted 10 points, three rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 28 minutes of action.
Impact: Allen missed five games with an illness and he's finally back in the lineup. He's been producing low-end deep league value this season and could continue to do that as the Heat close the season.
Mario Chalmers - #15 - Point Guard - 6'2" - 190lbs
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Chalmers had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists in a double-overtime loss to Minnesota on Friday.
Impact: Chalmers also went 8 for 10 from the foul line, but missed a couple of key free throws down the stretch.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: James had 34 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in a 122-121 double-overtime loss to Minnesota on Friday.
Impact: James is averaging 27.7 points, 7.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds in three games on the homestand.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Oden is out with a strained back.
Impact: Oden's status is not known.