As I mentioned here earlier, Dion Waiters said that he tweaked his troublesome left ankle three times in the Miami Heat’s season opener Wednesday night. That’s the same ankle that caused Waiters to miss the final 13 games of the regular season and led him to consider surgery over the summer.
For a Miami Heat fan, seeing Waiters head back to the locker room in the third quarter to have the ankle re-taped may have been an inauspicious sign.
Not so, according to the man himself. Waiters said that his ankle feels good as he prepared for Miami’s home opener Saturday night. He is available to play tonight.
Dion Waiters on his ankle after today's shootaround: "I’m good. I don’t really want to keep talking about it. I’m good. I feel good.”— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) October 21, 2017
It’s good that Miami can count on Waiters to play tonight. Hassan Whiteside, who finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds in the Heat’s loss to the Orlando Magic Wednesday, will not be available tonight. He is listed as day-to-day moving forward.
Hassan Whiteside (knee) won’t play tomorrow in Heat home opener, will be listed as day to day going forward. Heat injuries piling up.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 20, 2017
How will Whiteside’s injury affect Erik Spoelstra’s rotation? Will we see Bam Adebayo give the Heat a spark? Will Waiters look better than his uneven performance Wednesday night? We’ll have to see tonight.