Recently acquired point guard Goran Dragic had to leave the Miami Heat’s 99-97 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday because of an injury to his lower back. It seems unlikely Dragic will play against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, but he hasn’t ruled himself out, according to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald:
“Now in one week it’s the other side,” Dragic said. “So I don’t know. Hopefully, through the night I’ll try to put ice, and we’ll see [Saturday]. It’s an important game.”
The Heat really can’t afford any more players to miss time. Both Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng missed Friday’s game, a game in which Miami nearly erased a 35-point deficit against Washington. In addition to Wade and Deng’s injuries, both Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts are out for the season, leaving the Heat with a patchwork lineup. It’s so bad that the final play on Friday was drawn up for Michael Beasley.
Miami is in the midst of a playoff chase, sitting in the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference at 27-34. The Indiana Pacers are also 27-34, but the Pacers currently hold the No. 8 seed because of tiebreakers.
Dragic has played well in Miami after coming over from the Phoenix Suns, averaging 16.1 points and 5.1 assists while shooting 52.3 percent overall and 36.8 percent from three. He’s set to become a free agent after this season, but there’s a good chance he stays with the Heat:
“I feel really comfortable here, so for sure this is one of the main options,” Dragic said.