MIAMI – Dion Waiters is wondering what he has to do to get a foul call.
The Heat’s shooting guard has played 70 minutes in the last two games, taken 44 shots, half of them coming while attacking the rim, and he has not received one call.
Not one time has an official thought Waiters was touched on 22 drives to the basket.
“It’s tough, especially when you attack so much as I do,” Waiters said. “And you mean to tell me I’m not getting. … c’mon man. It’s frustrating. I’m tired of talking about it. They need to address it. Hopefully something changes. I’m very aggressive going to the basket and I fell as though my guy can’t stop me getting to the basket. I always worry about the back side of the defense but when I’m going to the basket I get a hand in my chest all the time.
“It’s funny how they call every little call when you tap somebody. It’s frustrating man.”
During Miami’s 93-90 loss to Atlanta Tuesday, Waiters took 18 shots, 11 going to the basket. The previous night, when he scored his season-high 27 points in a four-point loss at San Antonio, Waiters had 26 field goal attempts, 11 at the rim.
In neither game did he get to the line.
On the season, Waiters has taken 60 shots from five feet or less (making 21). He has shot 21 free throws (making just 11) or 2.1 a game, which means 120 players in the league have attempted more free throws than Waiters.
“I don’t know what I got to do,” he said. “I’m going to continue to just keep going in there but it’s frustrating at the end of the day, too. I’m not the type of guy that you tap me and it’s a foul. I don’t come from that. I come from Philadelphia, man, and tough basketball. I’m an aggressive guy and I like to get up in a guy.
“I got to just continue to keep taking it in and not let it get me frustrated even though I know I’m getting hit. It’s very frustrating.”