Monday's Heat News: Ankle bursitis benches Willie Reed

Heat leader Udonis Haslem ready to contribute in Willie Reed’s absence: While Heat backup center Willie Reed has started rehab after being diagnosed with an inflamed bursa sac suffered Saturday against Indiana, veteran Udonis Haslem is preparing for extended minutes tonight in Dallas. The 6-foot-11 Reed is not wearing a boot but the injury to his right ankle has him listed as day-to-day. Coach Erik Spoelstra now has to divvy up Reed’s 15 minutes per game and 36-year-old Haslem will be part of that plan. -- The Palm Beach Post

Heat pest Rodney McGruder emerges as 'scavenger' and 'pit bull': We can't be exactly sure of what Paul George called Rodney McGruder during and after the incidents that left the Indiana Pacers forward ejected from Saturday night's game against the Miami Heat. Nor might it be suitable for publication. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat's Willie Reed diagnosed with ankle bursitis, out Monday vs. Mavs: A Sunday MRI offered a significant level of relief for the Miami Heat regarding the injury that had backup center Willie Reed wheeled off the court during the fourth quarter of Saturday's victory over the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat center Willie Reed listed as day-to-day with right ankle bursitis: Willie Reed will not play Monday against the Mavericks, but a Sunday MRI revealed better news than expected when the Heat’s backup center was wheeled off the court during Saturday’s win over the Pacers. The diagnosis is right ankle bursitis for Reed. He is listed as day-to-day and he will not travel with the team to Dallas for Monday’s game. -- The Palm Beach Post

Ankle injury sidelines Heat center Reed: An MRI on Sunday revealed that Willie Reed has right ankle bursitis. Reed, who was on crutches Saturday night, will miss Monday’s game at Dallas and will be listed as day to day beyond that. -- The Miami Herald