Waiters scored 21 points (7-20 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding two rebounds and an assist in 32 minutes during Friday's 84-74 win over the Jazz.
Twelve of his points came in the fourth quarter, as he took over the game down the stretch while Miami's defense held Utah to just 25 points in the second half. It's only the second time this season Waiters has scored 20 or more points, but the 25-year-old guard is still averaging a career-high 16.4 PPG to begin the campaign.
Waiters finished with 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, three rebounds and six turnovers across 26 minutes during Wednesday's 126-115 win over the Suns.
Aside from the six turnovers, Waiters looked like himself after returning from a two-game absence due to the birth of his daughter. While not usually the most efficient shooting guard out there for fantasy, Waiters has flashed big-game potential and is especially useful in formats that only track counting stats.
Waiters (personal) has officially been cleared to play in Wednesday's matchup with the Suns, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
After missing the last two games following the birth of his daughter, Waiters is back with the Heat on Wednesday and should rejoin the starting lineup as usual. Waiters should be well rested and there isn't expected to be any sort of minutes restriction. In three games prior to the personal leave, Waiters averaged an impressive 20.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steal across 34.2 minutes, though his points were inflated a bit due to a 33-point outing against the Timberwolves. Look for Justise Winslow to head back to the bench.
Waiters (personal) is listed as a starter for Wednesday's game against the Suns, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Waiters has missed the last two contests due to his daughter being born, but he'll now join the Heat on their road trip in Phoenix for Wednesday's contest. Expect Waiters to take on his regular dosage of minutes upon his return, which means Justise Winslow will return to the bench, and Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington will both likely see their minutes decrease.
Waiters (personal) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Warriors.
Waiters remains away from the team and back in Miami for the birth of his child, and with the team on the road for the next four games, it is unclear exactly when the shooting guard will return to the team. Justise Winslow is expected to get the starting nod once again in Waiters' absence. According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Waiters will rejoin the team Tuesday, which means he should be available for Wednesday's game against the Suns.
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