Miami Heat swingman Duncan Robinson will undergo surgery to address an injury on his right second finger this Wednesday, per Anthony Chiang of Miami Herald. He is absent from the team’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers and will be re-evaluated in at least four weeks.
Robinson sustained the said finger injury last Nov. 18 during the team’s shootaround prior to their game against the Washington Wizards.
At first, the veteran opted not to take surgery and played through the lingering pain, but a second opinion ultimately convinced him to take the needed medical procedure.
“The initial injury was probably like six or seven weeks ago and I was just trying to manage pain tolerance and just figure out a way to keep pushing through it,” Robinson said. “It was kind of apparent throughout the whole time that it wasn’t really getting better and I wasn’t basically able to be the best version of myself.
“It’s not like a crazy long recovery. It’s a pretty minor procedure. So it allows me to be back when it matters most and also be back to being the best version of myself, which is most important.”
A renowned sharpshooter from distance, Robinson served as one of the Heat’s deadly offensive weapons for the past few years. But this season, he is gaining a reduced role and exposure under Erik Spoelstra, averaging 6.9 points, 1.9 boards, and 1.2 assists in a career-low 36.8 percent shooting from the field. He is only draining 33.1 percent of his shots from the three-point territory per 5.0 attempts.
Miami is expected to look for a step up from Max Strus, Caleb Martin, and Victor Oladipo with Robinson out for at least a month.