Friday's Heat News: Double, triple teams forcing Whiteside to improve his game

Would Erik Spoelstra call on any of five injured players in Miami to join Heat on road trip?: The Heat brought just nine players on their three-game road trip due to injuries. And with guard Rodney McGruder questionable for Friday’s game against the Cavaliers because of a sprained left ankle, the Heat could be down to eight healthy bodies. According to NBA rules, teams must dress at least eight players for every game. If McGruder can’t play against Cleveland, would Erik Spoelstra call on any of the five injured players who stayed home in Miami to join the Heat on the trip? -- The Palm Beach Post

Tyler Johnson slows down so his productivity can speed up: Tyler Johnson said he got up to speed in what turned into a career-best scoring night by slowing down. To the Miami Heat guard, Wednesday's 27-point performance was as simple as that. "I felt like I was starting to see where I could just slow down," Johnson said as the Heat turned their attention to Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A reminder of what was: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade up next for Heat: Three seasons ago, as the Miami Heat were moving toward a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance, this impending scheduling seemed unfathomable, back-to-back road games against LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. But here it is, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena and then Wade and the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at the United Center. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Double, triple teams leading to evolution from Whiteside: Hassan Whiteside knew he would be getting the ball in his hands a lot more this season and it would mean a lot more attention from opposing defense — the kind he’s received the past two games when the Knicks and Hawks have packed the paint, waiting for him with an array of double- and triple-teams. It’s the kind of challenge Whiteside knows to expect more and more with the Heat short-handed by injuries and needing him and point guard Goran Dragic to carry the scoring load. -- The Miami Herald