Luol Deng Injury: Updates on Heat Star's Wrist and Return

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

May 9, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Luol Deng (9) reacts for a loose ball as Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) defends during the fourth quarter in game four of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won in overtime 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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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.

Continue for updates. 

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'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.