MIAMI (CBS4) ― The struggling Miami Heat lost another key part to injury over the weekend when power forward Udonis Haslem tore a ligament in his left foot. Head President Pat Riley Pat Riley said Haslem should play again this season, but wasn’t sure when.
“We don’t know right now,” Riley told CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald. “We don’t know right now. With him, I doubt if he’ll miss the year, but let’s wait until Monday to get the final determination of what it is.”
Team officials say it’s unclear if Haslem will need to have surgery. Haslem wasn’t the only wounded warrior the Heat have dealt with over the weekend.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade suffered a sprained wrist and missed Saturday’s game against Memphis. The injury is only a sprain, but he’s listed as questionable for Monday’s home game against Indiana.
Haslem had been leading all NBA bench players in rebounding at 8.2 per game. He also was contributing 8 points per game. The Heat will have to rely on a combination of essentially the NBA senior citizen’s corps of big men to try and pick up the slack for Haslem.