Heat's Dion Waiters: Out at least two weeks with groin tear
Waiters underwent a recent MRI, which revealed a Pectineus tear in his groin. He'll be out two weeks before being reevaluated.
Waiters sat out Monday's loss to the Celtics and was set to miss the next two games of the Heat's road trip with the groin strain, but his absence will now be extended through at least mid-December. With the Heat down both of their season-opening starters on the wing in Waiters and Justise Winslow (wrist), Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder have been making frequent starts, though Luke Babbitt ended up replacing Richardson in the lineup Monday. Regardless of who ends up starting, all three players are expected to see increased run while the two wings are out, with reserve guard Tyler Johnson also taking on a mild boost in minutes. Even if Waiters receives positive news about his groin when he's reevaluated, there's a high likelihood that he'll still miss at least a few days beyond that timetable while he attempts to regain conditioning.