Dion Waiters, Luke Babbitt in Miami Heat starting lineup

 

Dion Waiters is in the first post-Dwyane Wade lineup at shooting gaurd.

Dion Waiters is in the Heat’s first post-Dwyane Wade lineup at shooting gaurd.

ORLANDO – Shooting guard Dion Waiters and power forward Luke Babbitt are in the Miami Heat’s first post Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh starting lineup.

Waiters and Babbitt join point guard Goran Dragic, small forward Justise Winslow and center Hassan Whiteside in coach Erik Spoeltra’s starting five.

Waiters steps in for Wade and Babbitt for Bosh.

The Heat have 11 available players for tonight’s game against the Magic with Josh Richardson (knee), Josh McRoberts (foot) and Wayne Ellington (thigh) out.

“We feel comfortable right now with guys playing in roles they can feel comfortable and help the team,” Spoelstra said. “I don’t feel everything has to be absolute right now but we feel good enough, comfortable enough, confident enough right now with the rotation.”

Expect Derrick Williams and James Johnson to see time in the forward rotation and Tyler Johnson to come off the bench as the third guard.

Babbitt was acquired from New Orleans in a trade and Waiters was signed following the departure of Wade and others like forwards Luol Deng and Joe Johnson.

Waiters averaged 12.3 points in seven preseason. He shot 30 of 63 (47.6 percent), 8 of 18 on threes.

Babbitt averaged 9.0 points on 13 of 26 shooting, including 10 of 23 on threes.

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