Monday's Heat News: McRoberts feeling more comfortable back at power forward

James Johnson latest addition to Heat's long list of injuries: Before the media could even ask a question, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra took a deep breath and started to deliver the latest injury report after Monday's practice. In what has become the norm the Heat will once again have to play short-handed in Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks. Spoelstra said guard Dion Waiters and forwards Justise Winslow and James Johnson will not be available. Guard Josh Richardson and forward Luke Babbitt are listed as questionable. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Off successful road trip, Miami Heat turn focus to winning at home: The Miami Heat were three minutes from turning back the clock to 2011 or 2012 or any other season of the Big Three era when returning home with three wins in three games on a swing through the West wasn’t such a big deal. But Miami went ice cold during the final three minutes in Portland on Saturday, missing its final nine shots, and watching a six point lead turn into a 99-92 loss. Still, a team that started the trip with five wins on the season settled for taking 2-of-3. -- The Palm Beach Post

Heat forward James Johnson disappointed in himself for letting down team in Portland: James Johnson has played in 418 NBA games over eight season. He played in 61 games in two seasons at Wake Forest. But Saturday in Portland was the first time he’s been ejected from a game and he could not be more disappointed in himself. -- The Palm Beach Post

Three things to watch this week: Miami Heat to face two familiar faces: The Heat have four games this week starting Tuesday at home against the Knicks before heading back on the road for three more. But it’s the final two games of the week that will draw the most interest. -- The Palm Beach Post

Heat has reasons for optimism after 2-1 road trip: Pat Riley has always used the first 20 games of a season as a barometer to figure out what kind of team he has – one that could contend or one that isn’t really headed anywhere. That has to have become a tougher task this season with the number of injuries the Heat has had to key players thus far, and the fact some of them like Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson could be back soon. -- The Miami Herald

Josh McRoberts back at power forward, and fitting in: The initial talk was that his minutes would come off the bench at center. Josh McRoberts was fine with that, albeit not necessarily most comfortable. Now he's back at power forward. And starting. "I'm starting to feel a little more comfortable," McRoberts said after starting all three games of the Miami Heat's 2-1 western swing at power forward. "I think I'm a little more comfortable at the four. I just have more experience playing the four. I think that helps my comfort level." -- The Miami Herald