After spraining his left ankle during their win on Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 25-year-old Syracuse product recently revealed, via Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, that he is still in pain. He added that it’s the first time he’s felt it since his high school days, but remains positive that he won’t be forced to miss a significant amount of time.
“I haven’t felt pain like this in so long.”
“The last time I had one of these was the last time I broke my ankle in high school. Even when I did [sprain 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.
“This one is a little worse than that one. But we’ve just got to continue moving in the right direction, take it day by day. I believe in my guys. I believe they’re going to hold the fort down for me. It sucks not being out there, especially the rhythm and everything we were in and I was in. But it’s a minor setback for a major comeback. I’ve got to just stay positive.”
Although Waiters admitted it is a bad sprain, he bared his plans should his ankle not feel better after resting it in the next couple of days.
“If I don’t like what’s going on or it’s not improving, I’m going to get [an MRI].”
“Honestly, I thought it was way worse than it was. I thought it could have been a fracture or something. I thank the man above that it wasn’t that. But it was a bad sprain.”
The Heat will definitely miss his services as he is having a very solid campaign this year with averages of 15.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. More importantly, he has been the team’s go-to-guy especially in late-game situations and has knocked down shots for them when needed.
Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington are both expected to see extended playing time while he is out. It will be very important for them to step up their game as the Heat have given themselves a chance to make it to the playoffs despite their 11-30 start to the season.