Anthony Chiang: Source tells me Dion Waiters’ ankle is progressing. Dion wanted MRI if ankle wasn’t progressing, but it’s getting better so no MRI scheduled
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The Heat’s starting shooting guard, who was injured late in the first half of last Friday’s win over Minnesota when he landed awkwardly on the foot of T’Wolves forward Gorgui Dieng, said he’s been wearing low top sneakers for years and believes the injury would have happened to him regardless of his footwear. “That’s all I’ve been wearing my whole career,” said Waiters, who wears the low-top Kobe A.D. model by Nike. “It’s hard to adjust. Even if you go back to college, I wore low tops. I like low tops. Even though I play the way I play and attack the rim and things like that, these type of things happen if you have high tops on. It happens.”
Dragic said he just feels more comfortable in low tops. “Each player is different,” he said. “I wear in my career high tops, mid tops, low tops but the most comfortable that I feel is in low tops. I feel that I can move better. I can explode and everything. It’s maybe just in my head.” As for Waiters, Spoelstra said the swelling remains. “That will be normal,” he said. “Even when he came back and played from the last one he had swelling for a couple of weeks.”
“I haven’t felt pain like this in so long,” said Waiters, who spoke to reporters in the Heat locker room prior to Sunday’s game against the Trail Blazers while standing on crutches. “The last time I had one of these was the last time I broke my ankle in high school. Even when I did [sprained my ankle] in Minnesota it was a week and a couple days. I wasn’t 100 percent when I came back, but it wasn’t as severe as this one was.”
Waiters said he hasn’t been able to put any weight on the ankle whatsoever and the swelling is bad enough that he thinks he’s going to request an MRI once he’s finally able to have one. He said he’s been working around the clock with Heat trainers to get the swelling down. “If I don’t like what’s going on or it’s not improving I’m going to get [an MRI],” said Waiters, who has a $3 million player option for next season he’s almost sure not to exercise because he could command much more money in the open market.
Ira Winderman: Dion Waiters officially out tonight.
The Heat said X-rays on Waiters’ ankle were negative and coach Erik Spoelstra said there’s no timeline yet for when the team’s third-leading scorer and starting shooting guard will return. When Waiters sprained the same ankle last month in a win at Minnesota he missed three games. “I was hanging out with him a little bit in the training room,” Spoelstra said. “It’s a sprained ankle, same left ankle that he sprained in Minnesota. So I don’t know what his problem is with Minnesota, but he sprained it similar to the way he did last time. There’s no timeline on it. There’s no way to really tell until we get to the next day.”
Manny Navarro: #Heat say X-rays on Dion Waiters left ankle came back negative. The team is calling it a sprain
Ira Winderman: Heat saying a sprain: INJURY UPDATE: D. Waiters (left ankle sprain) had x-rays taken & results returned negative. He will not return.
Barry Jackson: Heat Announces Waiters back and will start.
Anthony Chiang: Dion Waiters warming up with the intention to play, per Spo.
Manny Navarro: Dion Waiters said he will be ready to play Monday
Manny Navarro: Dion Waiters (sprained left ankle) is out again tonight
Heat guard Dion Waiters will miss his second game tonight because of a sprained left ankle. Waiters, who was injured in Minnesota on Monday, has made progress the last two days, according to coach Erik Spoelstra, but he’s not ready to face Brooklyn
Charles F. Gardner: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters will not play vs. Bucks tonight. Spoelstra would not name starter for his spot in pregame.
Waiters has missed 19 games since an MRI revealed he had suffered a torn muscle in his groin area, an injury he said occurred about 2 ½ week prior to the diagnosis. He has not gone through a full practice or accompanied the team on a road trip since. Today could be the first big step as Waiters is expected to be on the flight when Miami heads out for its season-long six-game road trip which starts Tuesday in Phoenix.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said he hopes Waiters is able to travel. “If I’m on the road, man, I’m playing,” Waiters said before Miami’s 107-98 loss to Detroit Sunday, a game in which the Heat had nine healthy players. “I’m trying to play. That’s my whole main focus, just trying to get back out there.”
Manny Navarro: #Heat announce MRI results reveal G Dion Waiters has suffered a Pectineus tear. Waiters will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Waiters played through his groin injury for four games before the Heat decided to give him time to recover to avoid it getting even worse. He missed his first game of the season Monday against the Celtics. “I didn’t decide anything. That’s what the staff thought was best for me,” Waiters said after Monday’s game of taking time off. “I’ve been playing with it. I guess they didn’t want it to get any worse. “It’s very disappointing. I hate to miss games. You can see I don’t do good missing games. It pisses me off. But I know it’s best for me.”
Anthony Chiang: Heat announce Dion Waiters & Justise Winslow will not travel with the team on it’s three-game trip and will stay in Miami for treatment.
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March 23, 2017 | 12:13 pm EDT Update
“I definitely feel like I’m in a position to be a long-term situation here,” said Noel, who admits he was frustrated as part of The Process-created center logjam with the 76ers. “There are a lot of things that come into it, but I’m definitely comfortable in the system. I’m going to continue to grow as this season ends and continue to capitalize on my opportunities and maybe even get more opportunities.” The Mavs see shades of Chandler in Noel: the length, the lean frame, the lift, the finishes on lobs and the knack for doing the little things on defense.
But the Mavs are more than willing to pay the going price for a big man who fits well, can protect the rim, provide the vertical element necessary for Carlisle’s pick-and-roll-heavy offense to hum and has plenty of room to grow. “I definitely feel like I’m in a better position here,” Noel said. “I’m trying to maximize it. It’s definitely a good position to fulfill my potential. I’m going to continue to show Coach I can be in the game more and make a difference. I think that will take care of itself in due time.”
He will be the underdog. He will be expected to play his level best and to bring out the unfulfilled potential in his teammates. He is going to be up against it and yet George was looking forward to his anxiety. He wants to feel the discomfort and nervousness of the playoffs, which, as he understands it, is not the goal for most people in the everyday working world. “At the end of the day, people enjoy being comfortable,” George said. “But that’s not what life is about.”
He’s not too surprised that he won’t be at that bash, but the man who constructed that title team is still disappointed that Allen is getting snubbed by his former teammates. “I was surprised,” Ainge said during his weekly interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday. “Ray was such a big part of that, it would defeat the purpose. He was a huge, huge part of that championship run.”
Ainge said he’s had a few conversations with Allen since he departed, but he’s never asked why he chose Miami. “I think I know; I lived that with him and went through that,” Ainge said. “I think there were a lot of contributing factors and not just one thing. It was a difficult decision for Ray and I wish he hadn’t done it. But he did. … I’m a fan of Ray and grateful for what he brought to the Boston Celtics. He’s a great guy.”