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Gerald Green to Make Return for Heat

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Gerald Green will be making his return to the Miami Heat tonight after a bizarre account—with many questions still unanswered—left him in the hospital and suspended for two games. According to a report from ESPN.com, he will be available to play tonight.

Green, who didn’t play Nov. 3 because of an undisclosed illness, was taken to the hospital on Nov. 5 after allegedly punching a man during an altercation at his Miami condo. He was kept away from the team for a week before team president Pat Riley issued the two-game ban for conduct detrimental to the team.

The 29-year-old Green, who is the team’s leading scorer off the bench at 10.6 points per game, has repeatedly apologized for the incident and has said he was “ashamed” of what transpired.

According to the police report obtained by Manny Navarro and Charles Rabin of the Miami Herald, the incident started when he Green asked for the paramedics when he had blood on his hands.

Green, 29, showed up at the front desk of his condo with bloody hands, asked a clerk to call paramedics, then walked outside into the valet area, where he collapsed.

Then Green recovered, walked back inside and punched someone in the eye who was trying to stop him from going back up to his apartment, the report says.

Coach Eric Spoelstra sidestepped any controversy saying,

“All we’ve told him right now is just bring that same approach [great energy and attitude], work to get better, and get back into game shape and then we’ll go from there,” Spoelstra told reporters on Monday. “So he understands. The game will dictate how he’ll be worked back in.”

 

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