Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters carried off court after spraining left ankle; X-rays negative

Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters, left, vies for the ball against plays against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 17, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)

 

MIAMI – Heat guard Dion Waiters was carried off the court in the second quarter Friday after rolling his left ankle on a play in which he drove to the basket and was fouled by Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins.

Waiters immediately grabbed his ankle when he landed and remained on the court for a short time attempting to stand. When he was unable to put any weight on the ankle Willie Reed and a trainer carried him to the locker room.

The Heat later described the injury as a sprained left ankle after X-rays were negative.

Because Waiters was unable to shoot the free throws, the Timberwolves had the option of choosing a Heat player and selected Reed to take the two shots. Reed made 1 of 2. He entered the game a 55.2 percent free throw shooter.

Waiters, who scored six points and made all three of his shots in 12 minutes, has been a major reason for the Heat’s turnaround, averaging 18.9 points and 4.9 assists while shooting 46.1 percent during the Heat’s streak of 22 wins in 27 games.

Wayne Ellington started the second half in place of Waiters and likely would start any games Waiters is out.

Waiters missed 20 games earlier this season with a torn muscle in his groin area.

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