Heat's Dion Waiters suffers groin injury and is expected to miss at least two weeks

The Miami Heat will be without shooting guard Dion Waiters for at least the next two weeks, the team announced Wednesday.

Waiters sat out of Miami's 112-104 loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday because of what the team called a groin strain, and an MRI revealed that has suffered a Pectineus tear. He did not accompany the Heat on their three-game road trip, which began Wednesday in Atlanta.

Waiters has averaged 14.2 points, 4.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 38.4 percent and 34.4 percent from 3-point range in 16 starts for Miami. In his absence, coach Erik Spoelstra put Rodney McGruder into the starting lineup against the Celtics, but he could also try Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington or Josh Richardson in that spot. Ellington played his first game of the season against Boston -- he had previously been sidelined because of a thigh bruise.

Dion Waiters flexing
Dion Waiters will have to rest and rehab before flexing on the court again. USATSI

The 5-12 Heat have been basically the same team with and without Waiters on the floor this year, so this injury should not exactly derail them. They have a dearth of creators, though, so his playmaking could be missed. They should hope this can be offset with better shooting on the perimeter, especially with Ellington back in the lineup.

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