MIAMI – Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic have been side-by-side on the court and in the Heat locker room this season, but it wasn’t until this homestand that it hit them.
Their numbers: 7 and 11.
“He said, ‘G you know we’re 7-Eleven,” Dragic said. “I said, ‘I know, the store and we’re open 24 hours.’ I go with that.
Dragic is 7 and Waiters 11, and the two have been as good as any guard combination in the league as of late.
During Miami’s ninth straight win on Wednesday, 116-93 over Atlanta, they combined for 47 points (Dragic led with 27) on 17-of-28 shooting, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
The previous game – a 104-96 victory over the Nets – Dragic had 20 and Waiters 19 and they combined for 17 assists, nine from Waiters, and nine boards.
Dragic was asked why they are thriving on the court.
“We’re just playing more minutes together,” he said. “He was out a long time and we couldn’t develop that chemistry. Now, we know. We’re on the same page. We are talking a lot. We are working together a lot. I know what he’s going to do and that’s the most important thing because I can feed off his game and he can feed of of my game.”
Speaking of feed. … If they are going to start the play on their uniform numbers, what about visiting their number-sake convenience store.
“I never went there,” Dragic said, who added there are no 7-Eleven’s in his homeland of Slovenia.
“I need to go.”
As for Waiters: “I used to go every day after a game.”