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Heat Announce Udrih Timetable for Return
Wednesday, Feb. 24
The Heat announced that Udrih is expected to be out three months after undergoing successful surgery on his right foot.
Miami's Backcourt Loses Another Guard
From soreness to surgery, it's another big hit for Miami's frontcourt, as Udrih is the second point guard the team has lost for a considerable amount of time. Tyler Johnson suffered a shoulder injury that is "likely" to hold him out for more than two months, per Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Udrih came over from the Memphis Grizzlies this season in the Mario Chalmers trade and served as Goran Dragic's backup. The 33-year-old averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 assists in 16.3 minutes per night over 36 games in Miami.
He provided valuable minutes off the bench and solid vision on the court with an assist-to-turnover margin of plus-1.3.
Now, without Udrih, the Heat will turn to 6'6" rookie shooting guard Josh Richardson to back up Dragic, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Richardson has appeared in 26 games, starting one in 2015, and is averaging 12.6 minutes per night.
He doesn't shoot well from the floor with a 28.4 percent mark and averages less than one assist per game. So it might be easier for the Heat to run the offense through their leading scorer, veteran Dwyane Wade, when Dragic is not on the floor.
Miami will have to find another productive alternative for Dragic coming off the bench, or else it could have trouble keeping its fourth-place standing in the East.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.