The Miami Heat announced Wednesday that rookie point guard Shabazz Napier will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Napier had missed the last three games after playing just nine minutes on March 25. He had missed the seven games prior to that game as well.
Napier appeared in 51 games in his rookie season, averaging 5.1 points and 2.5 assists in 19.8 minutes per game. He shot just 38.2 percent overall, but he made a respectable 36.4 percent from long range.
Napier is just one of many players on the Heat who have dealt with injuries this season. Both Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts are also out for the season. Dwyane Wade has played well when he has been healthy, but his troublesome knees have forced him to miss some time. Luol Deng is dealing with a knee injury. Hassan Whiteside just returned from a hand injury that’s still not 100 percent. Chris Andersen just missed three games with a leg injury.
Even with all these injuries, Miami is still fighting for a playoff spot, although the weak Eastern Conference is the only reason why. The Heat are the No. 7 seed at 34-40, a half-game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets.