The entire Miami Heat team held their breath on Friday afternoon, as Derrick Jones Jr. had to be taken off the court on a stretcher. Thankfully, the latest update on the high-flying forward is pretty encouraging.
Jones tried to get around a screen from Goga Bitadze when he took an incidental shot to the head/neck area. He immediately fell on the floor and grabbed his neck in pain.
With the NBA Playoffs about to begin next week, the timing of this injury is just brutal for Jones. However, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be out for a while.
Miami announced that Jones underwent CT scan and concussion test. The results show that he suffered a neck strain during yesterday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
Jones will be re-evaluated again this weekend. Right now, it’s unclear what his status will be for the opening round of the playoffs.
INJURY UPDATE: After an MRI, CT scan and concussion test, the HEAT announce that Derrick Jones, Jr. has suffered a Neck Strain.
Jones, Jr. will be re-evaluated again over the weekend.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 15, 2020
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra will have to shake up his starting lineup if Jones is out for any period of time. He could potentially replace him with either Jae Crowder or Andre Iguodala.
Jones was having the best season of his young career, averaging 8.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Although it’d be unfortunate if Jones misses the first round of the postseason, it’s just great to hear that his injury won’t be an issue for the long haul.