February 19, 2010
• What we do know is that Brandon Roy will be in the lineup on Friday. After that, things are up in the air - things like how much he'll play and what kind of shape his hamstring actually is in right now. Two days after wondering if his season was in jeopardy, Roy offered this matter-of-fact quote:
"It's something that I'm going to continue to try to play with and play through and try to put it behind me and go out there and try to make the plays that hopefully I'm capable of making."
• Dwyane Wade's strained left calf will keep him out of action at least Friday and Saturday. He remains in a walking boot and is currently undergoing treatment, and he'll undergo further evaluation once the team returns to Miami Sunday. Daequan Cook(notes) will get the starts at shooting guard in Wade's stead ... Rafer Alston(notes) will also miss the next two games because of a bruised right hand. Carlos Arroyo(notes) will start at point for the Heat.
• Chris Bosh is out Friday because of a mildly sprained right ankle, and his status for Saturday's game is unknown at this point. Rasho Nesterovic(notes), Reggie Evans(notes), and Amir Johnson(notes) will share the load while Bosh sits.
• Joakim Noah(notes) is out again Friday and, while his plantar fasciitis is technically better than it was, the team is still considering shutting him down for a long period of time to concentrate on rest and rehab. Brad Miller(notes) will continue to see starts at center and has averaged 11.5 points, 0.7 threes, 5.3 boards, and 1.2 steals during the past six games that Noah has missed. Tyrus Thomas'(notes) departure, coupled with Noah's continued health issues, means Taj Gibson(notes) will be looking at all the minutes he can handle moving forward.
• Mehmet Okur(notes) won't be in the lineup Friday, as he's in Utah following the birth of his son, and his status for Sunday is currently unknown, as well. In his absence, Paul Millsap(notes) will start at power forward, with Carlos Boozer(notes) moving to center.
• Both Nazr Mohammed(notes) (back spasms) and Tyson Chandler(notes) (ankle) felt optimistic about playing Friday night after the team's shoot-around. Their availability should help determine how much playing time Tyrus Thomas is looking at in his debut with the Bobcats.
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