Heat to be without Richardson, Winslow, McGruder in New York and Boston

The Miami Heat will continue to be without Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder over the next two games against the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.

The Heat announced on Friday that three players, who all sat out Thursday’s home win over the Dallas Mavericks, did not travel with the team as Miami plays in New York on Saturday and Boston on Monday.

Richardson did not dress and was in a walking boot on the Heat bench as he missed Thursday night’s win over the Dallas Mavericks with a left heel bruise. It was only the third game the guard/forward has missed this season.

Winslow, the team’s starting point guard much of the season, has been out since March 15 when he went to the locker room with a right thigh bruise in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and returned later in the same game. McGruder, a shooting guard, last played in that same game against the Bucks with left knee soreness.

With all three out on Thursday, Goran Dragic, moved back into a starting point guard role on Thursday and notched a second career triple-double, his first with the Heat, with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

Dragic joined forward Derrick Jones Jr. in a starting five that also included guard Dion Waiters, forward/center Kelly Olynyk and center Bam Adebayo. Jones found himself with the first unit when Winslow was out but Richardson still active. Forward Duncan Robinson, who is on a two-way contract, played 21:31 off the bench on Thursday with Winslow, Richardson and McGruder out.

Following the two road games, the Heat face the Boston Celtics at home on Wednesday.

The Heat are in the midst of a playoff push as the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed. They stand half a game ahead of the Orlando Magic, half a game behind the Brooklyn Nets for seventh and one game behind the Detroit Pistons for sixth.

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