Heat's Jones Put On IR

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Eddie Jones, the leading scorer for the Miami Heat, was placed on the injured list Wednesday with a dislocated shoulder. It is uncertain whether he will return before the playoffs.

The guard had an MRI on Monday night. He will be evaluated again after his left shoulder has been immobilized for seven to 10 days, said Dr. Harlan Selesnick, the team physician.

The Heat activated Ricky Davis, who was acquired from Charlotte in the same nine-player trade that brought Jones to Miami. The 6-foot-6 guard played 15 minutes in one exhibition game for the Heat, then broke his right foot.

Jones was injured Monday in the Heat's 87-84 home victory over Detroit. Coach Pat Riley said Tuesday he hopes Jones can be back in the lineup before the regular season ends April 18.

"I think we're resilient enough to overcome anything. Hard work, resiliency and toughness are what you have to have. It's time now for other guys to step up," Riley said.

Jones sprained his right shoulder as a rookie in 1994-95, forcing him to miss 18 games with the Lakers.

Jones started all 57 of the games he's played. He leads the team in scoring with 18.1 points per game and also leads the team in field goals made (367), steals (99) and free throw percentage (.843).

"I know I'm coming back and will play this season, so it's not depressing. ...I'm just upset that something like this happened," he said. "I was starting to feel better and get my stroke back."

Jones said he expects to have surgery in the offseason.


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