Heat vs 76ers injury update: Duncan Robinson back, key starter out

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The Miami Heat are optimistic they will get Duncan Robinson back for Wednesday’s play-in game against the Philadelphia 76ers but will be without Terry Rozier.

Robinson, who has missed the last four games with a lower back injury that has bothered him for the last month of the season, is listed as probable for Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia. 

Rozier has missed the last four games with a neck injury that is still bothering him and was ruled out on the latest injury report. The team has no timeline for his return.

Kevin Love, who left Sunday’s regular-season finale with an arm injury, is not listed on the injury report, which indicates that he is available.

With Robinson and Rozier sidelined, the Heat started Tyler Herro and Caleb Martin in their place. Miami may go with the same starting backcourt for the fifth straight game and bring Robinson off the bench in order to manage his minutes.

A win on Wednesday night would result in the Heat advancing to the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the East and playing the New York Knicks in the first round. If the Heat lose, they would play the winner of the 9-10 matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls on Friday night, with the winner advancing as the eighth seed and playing the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the first round.

For Philadelphia, Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey are expected to play but De’Anthony Melton is in question after missing 76ers practice Monday and Tuesday.