Heat guard Dion Waiters to miss second straight game because of sprained ankle


Miami's Wayne Ellington (L) and Dion Waiters celebrate a victory in Brooklyn during the Heat's winning streak. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Heat guard Dion Waiters (R) will miss his second game because of a sprained ankle. Wayne Ellington (L) once again is expected to start in his place.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – Heat guard Dion Waiters will miss his second game tonight because of a sprained left ankle.

Waiters, who was injured in Minnesota on Monday, has made progress the last two days, according to coach Erik Spoelstra, but he’s not ready to face Brooklyn as the Heat (23-30) go for their 13th consecutive win against the Nets (9-44), who  have the worst record in the league. Miami has defeated the Nets – who have lost 11 straight – twice during this win streak.

Spoelstra was asked if Waiters will be ready to play Saturday in Philadelphia, which is the 25-year-old guard’s home town.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I’m encouraged by the progress he’s made the last two days. It was swollen after the (Minnesota) game, the next day it swelled up a little bit more but now the swelling is almost all removed.”

Waiters is third on the Heat with a 15.5 average but is averaging 22 points in his last nine games while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor and on three pointers. He missed 20 games earlier this season because of a torn muscle in his groin area.

Wayne Ellington started in place of Waiters in Milwaukee and scored 17 points in the Heat’s 106-88 win, including going 5-of-8 on three pointers.

With guard Josh Richardson missing his 18th game because of a sprained left foot, the Heat fortified the position Wednesday by signing Marcus Georges-Hunt to a 10-day contract off the roster of Maine Red Claws of the D-League.

Georges-Hunt will be in uniform tonight.

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