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Heat guard Goran Dragic to have MRI on strained left calf

LOS ANGELES -- Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic will miss at least the final three games of the team's Western Conference road trip, including Wednesday's matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, to receive treatment on a strained left calf.

Dragic believes he suffered the injury during Miami's loss to Golden State on Monday, but he was uncertain exactly when the strain occurred. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said initial tests performed Tuesday in Los Angeles, where the team had the day off, confirmed there was no tear.

Dragic attended the Heat's morning shootaround Wednesday and was scheduled to fly back to Miami later in the day for an MRI to determine the extent of damage.

"It's a bad strain," Dragic said Wednesday. "Hopefully it's nothing worse. I don't know which move when it happened. It just started hurting. It's frustrating. Of course, I want to be here to help the team, but it's a part of the game. I'll just try to get healthy as fast as possible."

The setback to Dragic is the latest in a line of injuries the Heat are dealing with as they enter the toughest part of their schedule -- a stretch in which they play 14 of 16 games on the road.

The Heat face the Denver Nuggets on Friday and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday before returning to Miami to play the Milwaukee Bucks next Tuesday.

After initially struggling to find a rhythm in the offense, Dragic has been having his best month of the season in January. He is averaging 15.3 points and shooting 53.0 percent from the field overall, including 52.4 percent from 3-point range, over the past seven games.

Spoelstra said he would decide closer to game time who would replace Dragic in the starting lineup, with Beno Udrih and Tyler Johnson among the most likely options as replacements.

The Heat also will learn shortly before the game whether starting center Hassan Whiteside, who participated in the shootaround, will play after the NBA's leader in blocked shots sat out Monday's loss to the Warriors with lingering knee soreness.