Goran Dragic Injury: Updates on Heat Star's Calf and Return

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Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic from Slovenia plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Heat won 96-84. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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The Miami Heat announced on Jan. 13 that point guard Goran Dragic was dealing with a calf injury. However, he's ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Dragic Active vs. Bucks

Friday, Jan. 29

The Heat announced Dragic will be available on a minutes restriction Friday.

What Dragic Provides in Miami Backcourt 

As the Heat's starting point guard, Dragic hasn't been relied on as the type of scorer that saw him average more than 16 points per game in each of his last three seasons, which helped in the departure of Mario Chalmers.

His assists have been down, too, so it hasn't been the best start to his five-year deal with Miami worth $85 million, via Spotrac.com.

Teaming up with Dwyane Wade in Miami's backcourt, Dragic still has work to do in order to build chemistry with the Heat legend. They have a net rating of just 0.7, per NBA.com.

Dragic doesn't mind pushing the pace and running the floor. He's a gifted passer, and his aggressive play does open up opportunities for the Heat offense. But Miami is averaging less than 97 points per game this season, so there's room for improvement.

While they haven't exactly been clicking, the Heat are the No. 7 team in the Eastern Conference with a 25-21 record. Dragic's return will hopefully only push the team further up the standings. 

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.


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