Both Josh McRoberts and Reggie Bullock will be out for their game tonight. Here is the rundown on their injuries.
Josh McRoberts, PF/C (Miami Heat)
Josh McRoberts’ injured foot continues to mystify him and the injury report. The 29-year-old is recovering from a stress reaction that stems from a broken left foot he suffered in Game 6 against the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. His foot has been bothering him since the start of training camp.
Now that the 2016-17 NBA season has begun, it continues to bother him. Even though McRoberts is not on the injury report for Friday’s game, he will not play because of it. He did go through warmups on Wednesday but the foot continues to be a sore spot for the Miami Heat center. Head coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned he could use McRoberts as a passer in late-game situations.
“If there’s a late-game situation side out-of-bounds, I think he’s our best passer with big vision,” Spoelstra said of McRoberts after Friday morning’s shootaround. “I can use him in that kind of circumstance. But he’s not ready. He hasn’t done a full-contact practice. He’s doing a lot more, but he hasn’t done that yet.”
As of now it appears that Willie Reed and James Johnson will continue to see increased minutes while McRoberts’ foot continues to heal. Johnson logged in more minutes (25) against the Orlando Magic than did Reed (17). Miami would go on to win the game 108-96.
When McRoberts does come back, he believes he’ll be playing more minutes at center than power forward, leaving the rotation of Johnson and Reed, while giving Hassan Whiteside a breather.
Reggie Bullock, SF (Detroit Pistons)
Small Forward Reggie Bullock (6-7, 205lb) is suffering from back spasms and will not play against the Orlando Magic. The back spasms are directly related to a nerve issue in his leg. The positive note is that the MRI has shown no structural damage and he is progressing in the right direction.
Bullock, averaged 11.5 minutes and scored 3.3 points with 0.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game. Bullock has not played in more than 43 games in his five seasons as an NBA backup.
In his place, Stanley Johnson, who could get a couple of extra minutes. He isn’t worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Last season, he averaged just 8.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.9 3-pointers on 38 percent shooting. In game one of the 2016-2017 NBA season Johnson played in just 13:42 and scored two points with three rebounds and one assist against the Toronto Raptors in a 109-91 defeat.
Both Bullock and Johnson will play behind starter Marcus Morris. Against the Raptors he put in the most minutes (31:45) and scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Even when healthy, Bullock will have limited fantasy value.