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There is still no timetable for Dion Waiters’ return, but the Heat are encouraged by the progress he’s making in Miami. Waiters did not travel with the team on it’s current three-game road trip, as he’s still recovering from a sprained left ankle he suffered on March 17 against the Timberwolves. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Waiters will miss the Heat’s final two games of the trip — Tuesday against the Pistons and Wednesday against the Knicks — as he continues to rehab the injury in Miami.
With Whiteside’s stiched-up right hand still protected by tape and padding, he tipped in the game-winning shot with his “dirty left hand” off a missed shot from Dragic as time expired. It was so close to the buzzer, the officials reviewed the play before confirming the made shot and giving the Heat the win. “Whatever happens, I’m going to chase this rebound like it’s my last,” Whiteside said of his mentality on the last play. “So I was just like trying to get a hand on it any way I could.” Whiteside’s teammates lifted the 7-footer in the air in celebration as soon as the game-winner went in. “In the NBA, that was special,” Whiteside said of the moment.. “It happened so fast. Next thing I knew, I tipped it in and I was in the air.”
“Mike deserves it,” Kerr said. “There’s probably a couple guys you can make a strong case for. Erik Spoelstra’s done an amazing job. Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich,) you just give it to Pop every year. I think Mike has been brilliant. You look at where the team is now compared to where they were at the end of last season.”
Goran Dragic let on Tuesday about the hole truth, with the Miami Heat guard saying he is dealing with bursitis in his left foot. After playing Sunday’s loss to the Boston Celtics with a small hole cut out on the left side of his sneaker for the first time, Dragic was back with a similar styling as the Heat prepared for Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said Tuesday that Waiters has had an MRI, with those results coming back negative. Spoelstra declined to specify the degree of Waiters’ sprain, with Waiters not on this three-game trip, also to miss Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.