MiamiHerald / It started with Gordon Hayward’s ugly ankle injury on the first night of the season.

Then other notable NBA players like Chris Paul (knee), Jeremy Lin (knee) and Myles Turner (concussion) have gone down since.

The injury bug hasn’t spared the Heat either with Rodney McGruder out for at least three months (left tibia stress fracture), Hassan Whiteside (bruised knee) and Dion Waiters (ankle) all ailing to varying degrees.

But is the NBA’s move to shorten the preseason and start the regular season earlier in an effort to create more days in between games to blame?

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