Bizarre, Freak Injury To Cost Miami Heat Guard Remainder of Season

Nobody can recall a player being wiped out for the season because of a stats sheet, but that's what happened to Miami Heat guard Dru Smith.  

Smith suffered a 3rd degree ACL sprain in his right knee after a freak accident  when he ran to close out on a shot near the sideline, and slipped on a stat sheet paper that was on the floor under the Cleveland Cavaliers bench. 

As he slipped on the sheet of paper, his foot fell down over a ledge with a drop-off under the bench. It's the only court in the league that features those drop-offs, as the Cavs raise the court slightly for better views for the fans. 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn't happy about the situation.

“It is a dangerous floor,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after Wednesday’s win in Cleveland when discussing Smith’s injury. “I don’t know the history of injuries here. But we’ve had a couple scares in previous years when guys are closing out in that corner... it’s an accident waiting to happen. You close out and then all of a sudden you’re going off a cliff. It’s just so dangerous.”

In his second NBA season, Smith was averaging 4.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest while shooting 41.2% from the three-point range in 14.6 minutes per contest.