Justise Winslow Gets Stitches to Fix Eye Injury as 76ers vs. Heat Tension Rises

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2018

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat handles the ball during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 24, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. 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 2018 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The injury bug is nagging Justise Winslow once again after the Miami Heat swingman suffered an apparent eye injury Saturday in Game 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Miami tweeted out a video showing Winslow bleeding:

The Palm Beach Post's Anthony Chiang tweeted that stitches were likely.

Winslow was largely healthy during a productive rookie season in 2015-16, but things took a turn when his 2016-17 campaign was cut short due to season-ending shoulder surgery after just 18 appearances. 

Bad luck struck again in December when he was diagnosed with a left knee injury that forced him to miss 14 games. 

When healthy, the 2015 lottery pick averaged 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a hybrid forward for head coach Erik Spoelstra. He averaged 10 points and 6.7 rebounds during the first three games of the series.

If the injury lingers, Josh Richardson should continue to eat up minutes on the wing with Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson locked in as the club's go-to options at power forward. 

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