Heat guard Dion Waiters responds to Rudy Gobert's dirty play accusation

14 November, 2017, 02:05 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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He initially suffered the right knee injury in the third quarter of Friday's 10-point loss to the Miami Heat, after clashing with Dion Waiters, but underwent an MRI Saturday by team doctors where a right tibia contusion was revealed. Specifically about a play by Waiters, during which he dove for the ball, inadvertently knocking into Gobert in the process.

Also on Sunday, Waiters responded to Gobert's claim that he made a dirty play by emphatically stating multiple times that he is not a dirty player. Gobert is set to miss 4-6 weeks with a right knee injury.

The two collided while going after a loose ball Friday.

The Jazz have the third best defense in the National Basketball Association by points per possession, per National Basketball Association stats, largely because of Gobert's ridiculous rim-protecting prowess.

However it's pretty clear to see that Waiters meant no harm, just merely making a hustle play.

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"I'm excited about it: It's a new challenge for me", he said. He goes right to social media.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Sunday although hoping no one would get hurt, he liked Waiters' aggressiveness on that play. Tell him to get out of his feelings.

After starting the season with a 2-3 record, they then went on to win five in a row. I saw it on social media, late, after the win. When he came back to finish the game however, it seemed as though the injury may not be as serious, and perhaps he would only miss a game or two. "I'm not a dirty player".

And now, regardless of intent, the Jazz will be without their best player for arguably the toughest stretch of their season.

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