Miami Heat swingman Luol Deng left Wednesday night's 99-91 Game 5 loss to the Toronto Raptors with a left wrist injury, and the team ruled him out for the remainder of the contest shortly after the fourth quarter started. However, he's ready to return.
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Deng Active vs. Raptors
Friday, May 13
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Deng will start for Miami on Friday in Game 6 against Toronto.
Deng's Diagnosis Revealed
Thursday, May 12
Shams Charania of The Vertical reported that Deng has been diagnosed with a "painful bruise" in his left wrist but did not suffer a fracture.
On Wednesday, the Heat announced that Deng's X-rays came back inconclusive.
Heat Need Deng to Finish Off Raptors
Deng was an ice-cold 0-of-8 from the field with four points prior to leaving Wednesday night's game.
Despite his offensive woes through Miami's second-round tilt with Toronto, Deng has remained an integral component of the Heat's successful formula.
According to NBA.com's lineup data, the Heat outscored opponents by 10.7 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs with Deng on the floor entering Game 5. Conversely, Miami was outscored by 0.8 points per 100 possessions with Deng on the bench.