Report: Dion Waiters open to come back for playoffs, still feels pain through non-contact activities
The Miami Heat are still ways away from getting spark plug shooting guard Dion Waiters back on the court, as he’s still experiencing pain in his injured ankle, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The team is a mere 5-6 since his injury, trying to make a rather improbable comeback from starting the season 11-30 to snatching the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Philly native claimed his ankle would not be fully healed until the offseason, but would try to make it back for the playoffs, if his team managed to get in.
“The timing of the injury was just bad timing,” Waiters told Winderman. It’s not going to be healed until I rest it completely.”
Waiters claimed he started jumping two days ago and still feels pain when cutting, discomfort when walking.
By his own words, it sounds highly unlikely that his return would come soon, given that this type of pain doesn’t heal in just a week. For Waiters to join the Heat this season, they’d likely need to not only get into the playoffs, but cause an upset in the first round, giving him enough time to heal and re-incorporate himself into playing condition.