MIAMI – Heat guard Dion Waiters spent most of Friday night and Saturday at the team’s facility getting treatment on his left ankle but coach Erik Spoelstra said no timetable has been put on his return.
“He was in the locker room doing treatment pretty much all night last night and then early this morning,” Spoelstra said Saturday from the Heat’s annual Family Festival. “We got on it right away but we’ll just have to see how it progresses from here.”
Spoelstra said the Heat have not put a grade on the sprain.
“Dion doesn’t want to hear any of that,” he said. “He just wants it to feel better and get back out there.”
X-rays taken on the ankle, which Waiters rolled during the second quarter of Miami’s victory over Minnesota on Friday, were negative. Spoelstra said there are no plans for an MRI.
“I think it’s too early to tell right now to put a timeline on it,” Spoelstra said. “I know everybody wants a timeline, he wants a timeline. He’s young and heals fast. He healed very fast from the last one and he rolled that one all the way over. There’s no way to really tell until we get through this process.”
Waiters, 25, sprained the same ankle in Minnesota on Feb. 6. He missed three games with injury. This one, though, appeared much worse.
The first time he sprained the ankle, Waiters returned to that game before missing time. On Friday, he could not put any pressure on the ankle and had to be carried off the court.
“We’re positive, Dion’s positive,” team captain Udonis Haslem said. “It’s unfortunate, the timing is terrible. We’re doing a great job this year just (going with) the next man up.
“We’ve gone into tough environments and still won games (with players injured). People come to our home for tough games and we still figure out ways to win games with guys being out. It starts with our defense and our physicality. We’re going to score points with somebody stepping in to fill the offensive role.”
Waiters is third on the Heat with 15.8 points per game and second with 4.3 assists. Wayne Ellington is expected to take his spot in the starting lineup.
The Heat (34-35) have won 23-of-28 games. Miami hosts Portland Sunday in the third game of this five-game home stand.