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Spoelstra says Heat 'grateful' Gerald Green 'safe and healthy right now'

MINNEAPOLIS – The Miami Heat were not revealing much about Gerald Green Thursday morning other than players and coaches are happy to hear he’s doing better.

"Obviously our minds are on Gerald right now and the only comment we’ll make other than what we made yesterday is that we're grateful that he's safe and healthy right now. Our thoughts are with him and his family,” coach Erik Spoelstra said of Green, who was hospitalized Wednesday in Miami after he was reportedly seen behaving irrationally and police were summoned to his condominium to deal with “a combative patient.”

"That's the only comment we'll make about it," Spoelstra responded when asked when Green might return to the team.

Backup point guard Mario Chalmers, who lives near Green and accompanied him to the hospital, was not available to speak to reporters after morning shoot around at the Target Center, Heat officials said.

But team captains Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem did speak to reporters and acknowledged they reached out to Green either through text or phone calls. They also said they were happy Chalmers was able to be with Green when he was taken to the hospital. 

“I talked to him today and he said he was doing better,” Wade said. “That’s all I can ask for.”

Said Bosh: “We're going to miss his outside shooting. But what's most important is health. We'll figure out how to win games. It's good for us to go through things like this because things happen throughout the season. Life happens. The game goes on.”

Said Haslem: "We're happy to find out he's okay… knowing our brother is okay, we can go out with an eased mind."

Green, 29, is the Heat's best scoring weapon off the bench. Spoelstra said he doesn't want anybody on his second unit to go "out of their personality" to fill Green's shoes.

"One of the best things that second group has been doing is defending and playing with great toughness and energy. That has to continue to be the mindset," Spoelstra said. "We'll probably see a little bit more of what we saw the other night. We have depth for a reason. Things happen during NBA seasons. We feel we have a lot of depth at those wing positions. So it's next man up."

> Chalmers made the trip with the Heat, but may not play tonight. "He's a little bit sore from that jump he made the other night when I think was trying to dunk on the break," Spoelstra said. "But he's here."




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