Heat guard Dion Waiters seeking second opinion on ankle

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley

Although coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday the Heat still has not had any discussions about having Dion Waiters shelved for the remainder of the season to surgically fix his troublesome left ankle, Miami's starting shooting guard is pursuing a second opinion on it, according to the Associated Press.

Waiters indicated last month that offseason surgery is a strong possibility, and it's unclear if that plan has changed.

Waiters first sprained the ankle on March 17 and hasn't been fully right since. The sprain sidelined him for the remaining 13 games of the regular season, which ended up being a big blow to the Heat's playoff hopes.

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Waiters considered the surgery last summer but decided against it because he would have missed the start of this season.

Tonight's game against the Knicks will be the fifth straight game he has missed because of the injury. There's also been no updated timetable for his return.

Waiters, 26, has struggled this season with his efficiency, shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from three-point range while averaging 14.3 points per game.

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