MIAMI – Dion Waiters is expected to play Saturday against Indiana after coach Erik Spoelstra said he is feeling better after re-injuring his left ankle in the season opener.
Waiters was held out of contract drills during Friday’s practice but he will participate in shoot-around before the 8 p.m. home opener (Fox Sports Sun).
“He did the non-contact work, he’s feeling better,” Spoelstra said. “We’ll do shootaround tomorrow and get ready to tomorrow night.
“We’ll manage it day to day. We’ll continue to get him out there and get him feeling right.”
The news was welcomed considering Miami will be down two players, including center Hassan Whiteside who suffered a bone bruise in his left knee during the Heat’s 116-109 season-opening loss to the Magic. Rodney McGruder is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left leg.
Waiters, 25, tweaked the left ankle three times in the Orlando game. The first time was in the second quarter when Waiters tumbled into the basket support. Then, in the third quarter, he went to the locker room to have the ankle re-taped.
The ankle has been an issue for Waiters since he sprained it on March 17. He missed the final 13 games of the season. Waiters then revealed during training camp the ankle was still swollen and that he could have had surgery, but he decided against it because he would have been forced to miss eight to 10 months.
Forward Okaro White’s strained left shoulder is improving and he participated in practice Friday. The Heat are waiting to see how he “responds after a night” before determining if he can play Saturday.