Miami's Jones stretchered off in National Basketball Association loss to Pacers
Aug 20 2020
The scary moment occurred when Heat swingman Derrick Jones Jr. took a hard fall in the third quarter and had to be tended to on the court for several minutes.
He nearly didn't play in the season restart in Florida over concerns related to the lingering quad injury that sidelined him for a year. Jones lay on his stomach with his right arm on the back of his head for several minutes before he was fitted for a neck brace and carted off the floor.
Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat is tended to by medical personnel after colliding with Goga Bitadze of the Indiana Pacers (not pictured) during the second half of an National Basketball Association game at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex Friday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. But, in Orlando, the 26-year old averaged 31 per night through six contests, including a 53-point performance in his first game, where he went 9 for 12 from the three-point range.
Bam Adebayo has been imploring him to shoot 3-pointers, and Butler knocked down two big ones late in the fourth quarter to help the Heat pull away for a 113-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round series. On the season, Erik Spoelstra's took three out of four games from the Pacers.
INJURIES: Pacers: Victor Oladipo: day to day (ankle), Domantas Sabonis: out (foot), TJ Warren: day to day (foot), Jeremy Lamb: out for season (knee), Myles Turner: day to day (wrist).
"He wasn't saying much", said Malcolm Brogdon, who put up 22 points and 10 assists in the loss, via ESPN. IN will enter the post-season as the fourth seed in the East, while Miami will be No. 5.
Until the time of the injury, Jones Jr had scored 3 points and recovered 2 rebounds in 16 minutes on the court.
But as he prepares to play his first playoff series with the Heat, Butler reiterated that he wants to bury the personal feud behind and just lead the team in its bid to make a deep postseason run.
It's worth noting that this is all in the postseason debut for Warren, who spent the first five seasons of his career in Phoenix. Thanks to their win against Miami on the final day of the regular season, they ended up finishing a game ahead of their Eastern Conference counterparts in fourth place.