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Justise Winslow Injury: Updates on Heat Forward's Ankle and Return

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 17:  Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat talks to an official during the preseaon game against the Houston Rockets on October 17, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2015

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow is dealing with an ankle injury that forced him to miss multiple games. However, he is ready to return.

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Winslow Active vs. Wizards

Sunday, Jan. 3

The Heat announced Winslow will play against Washington.


Injury Slowed Winslow's Strong Start to Pro Career

Miami will continue to rely on Luol Deng at the small forward spot with Winslow out, and Gerald Green will likely see more time at the 3 if the 19-year-old misses extended time. 

The No. 10 overall pick in June, Winslow's rookie year is off to a strong start. He came into Tuesday averaging 5.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game on 41.7 percent shooting, finding a role as a solid on-ball defender on the wing.

"I mean it's definitely an adjustment, especially coming off the bench, that's something that's new," Winslow said during the preseason, per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. "But it's a lot of adjustment. So that's something I just got to get used to."

Winslow was considered one of the most pro-ready players in the 2015 draft class, making his fall to Miami all the more shocking. He emerged as a two-way buzzsaw during his lone season at Duke, mixing in an aggressive off-the-dribble game with elite defense and a surprising adeptness at knocking down open shots. 

The Heat have one of the NBA's best starting fives, but their bench depth has been a major concern all season. Winslow's return will help give an added boost to a thin lineup.

 

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