Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. seems to have avoided a more serious injury despite suffering a neck strain against the Pacers on Friday night.
Jones had to be placed on a stretcher and taken off the court after colliding with Indiana’s Goga Bitadze during a hard screen. The 23-year-old laid flat on his stomach with limited movement on the hardwood for several minutes before being stretchered off.
“Just a little sore,” Jones told reporters on Saturday in regards to his feeling after the injury, per the Heat. “All in all I’m doing a lot better… we’re going day by day right now.”
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra also indicated that Jones dodged a more serious injury after an MRI, CT scan and concussion test revealed a neck strain.
“Thank goodness he has what he has today,” Spoelstra said, per Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.