Heat’s Dion Waiters says he’s not a dirty player. Tells Utah’s Rudy Gobert, ‘Come to me as a man’

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) shoots against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the second half during of the Heat’s victory Friday in Utah. . (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

DETROIT – Heat guard Dion Waiters has a message for Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

“Tell him to get out of his feelings.” Waiters way of saying, “Get over it.”

Gobert was not happy about a play in the third quarter of Miami’s win at Utah Friday in which Waiters hit the floor for a loose ball and appeared to roll into Gobert’s right knee. He replied to a video of the play that was posted on social media with the snarky comment: ‘Dove for the ball right. …” Gobert will miss four to six weeks with a bone bruise according to the Vertical.

Waiters was not happy with the accusation.

“I’ve never been a dirty player in my life,” Waiters said today before the Heat’s final game of their six-game road trip in Detroit and before learning Gobert would miss at least a month.  “I went for the ball. Tell him to get out of his feelings.

“I didn’t even know that was him. I went for the ball, making a basketball play. He goes right to social media. I ain’t a social media guy. At the end of the day, that (expletive) don’t matter. …  If he thought it was a dirty play, you come to me as a man and you ask me and I’ll tell him the same (expletive) I’m saying now. I saw it on social media, late, after the win. I’m not a dirty player.”

Gobert went to the locker room after the Waiters play but returned in the fourth quarter. He then missed Saturday’s game against the Nets with what the Jazz said was a right knee contusion.  The bone bruise was reported Sunday.

“I think it was a dirty play,” Gobert told the Desert News. “He just dove right into my knee. Kind of like the same thing that happened before on my MCL so my knee just went inside and kind of popped inside and back out.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called it an ‘awkward’ play and said the Heat are trying to get Waiters to be more aggressive when he sees a loose ball.

“Those are always tough plays when it’s a loose ball,” he said. “It’s tough. That’s why we’re first hoping that he’s OK. But our point of emphasis all the time is if you see a loose ball you better put your nose on it. Usually the guys that are reaching for it, two things happen. … you don’t end up getting it and then secondly you leave yourself a chance of something like that.

“For us, I can see it both ways, our point in emphasis with Dion is sell out to those loose balls, something he’s improving on. He was a little hesitant going for it and then it became an awkward one. I just want him going for it. Putting his nose on two or three more of those a game. … I want him getting better at digging up loose balls, loose change.”

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