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Heat’s Justise Winslow will not play vs. Sixers

Miami Heat fans haven’t gotten the chance to see much of Justice Winslow this season. The fifth-year pro has played in just 10 of the team’s 31 games and has missed the last 10 games for the Heat. That streak will reportedly extend to 11 games as the 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward will sit out with a back bone bruise against the Philadelphia 76ers.

In the few games that he has played, Winslow has put up 12.4 points, 4.3 assists and a career-high 7.1 rebounds per game. The former Duke star has struggled shooting the ball making just 39.4 percent of his shots and 23.1 percent of his three-pointers.

Injuries aren’t a new occurrence for Winslow. The No. 10 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft has played in just 240 of a possible 359 regular season games in his career. When he’s on the court, Winslow is a high-impact player who changes the game with his defense and playmaking ability.

However, Winslow’s absence has allowed players such as Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson to break out for Miami. As a whole, the Heat have been one of the biggest surprise teams this season. Behind offseason acquisition Jimmy Butler and third-year center Bam Adebayo, the Heat have compiled a 23-8 record, which is good for third place in the Eastern Conference.

When Winslow eventually returns, the potential of the Heat will get a boost. In the meantime, the Heat have won three games in a row and are playing some of the best basketball in the NBA. Saturday’s matchup against the 76ers will be Miami’s third game against the team. The Heat have lost both of the previous two matchups this season.