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Reports : Jaquez Jr. suffers injury at Miami Heat practice

Rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. of the Miami Heat reportedly encountered a strained left groin during Wednesday’s practice, as reported by Tim Reynalds.

Miami Heat is undoubtedly hoping that this injury won’t plague Jaquez for an extended period.

The rookie showcased his skills admirably in his preseason debut against the Charlotte Hornets, notching 13 points with a 5-of-8 field shooting record.

Jaquez came off the bench in the preseason opener, but he contributed over 20 minutes of play, concluding with seven rebounds, two assists, and two turnovers.

It was indeed a promising start for this rising star who could potentially secure a place in Miami’s rotation for the 2023-24 season.

With the departures of Max Strus and Gabe Vincent from the team, the Heat are relying on players like Jaquez and Nikola Jovic to step up.

Strus was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a sign-and-trade deal this offseason, while Vincent opted for the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

Jaquez, the 18th overall selection in the 2023 NBA Draft, brings a tad more basketball experience to the NBA, having completed four seasons at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

During the 2022-23 season, Jaquez maintained averages of 17.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game for the Bruins.

Across his college career, Jaquez boasted a shooting percentage of 47.5 from the field and 32.8 from beyond the arc.

The Heat’s preseason schedule includes four more matches against the San Antonio Spurs (Oct. 13), Memphis Grizzlies (Oct. 15), Brooklyn Nets (Oct. 18), and Houston Rockets (Oct. 20) before the commencement of the regular season.

Once he’s back to full health, Jaquez is likely to engage in fierce competition with Jovic, Caleb Martin, Haywood Highsmith, and others for playing time on the wing during Miami’s regular season.

Away from Jaquez, Miami Heat’s guard Tyler Herro encountered a bloody nose injury during the Heat’s preseason opener against the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.

Despite the injury, Herro displayed remarkable resilience by continuing to play and contributing an impressive 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists for the team. News from the camp indicates he’s fine.

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