Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. Stretchered Off vs. Pacers After Suffering Neck InjuryAugust 14, 2020
Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. was stretchered off the floor during his team's final regular-season game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday after suffering a neck injury.
Following MRI and CT scans, Jones was diagnosed with a neck strain. He will be reevaluated over the weekend.
ESPN's Tim Bontemps described the play that led to the injury and its aftermath:
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Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. got caught on a screen by Pacers center Goga Bitadze & went down hard. He hasn’t gotten up in a few minutes. He’s being looked at by Miami’s medical staff, and a stretcher is being brought out to the court. Appeared to get hit in head/shoulder area.
ESPN's Rachel Nichols provided video of the scene:
Fox Sports Florida shared footage of the play, which showed Jones attempting to chase Doug McDermott around a screen:
Well-wishes poured in for Jones via Twitter after the injury:
Jones, 23, is in his fourth NBA season and third with the Heat.
He has proved to be an integral part of Miami's rotation en route to the team earning its best winning percentage since 2013-14.
He has averaged 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 59 games (16 starts) for Miami, which earned the Eastern Conference's No. 4 seed and will play the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs beginning Tuesday.
Jones also won the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest after an epic duel with the Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon in February.