Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters gets called a dirty player, takes issue

Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert frustrated by injury, but says, 'This could have been way worse'

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will miss at least four weeks due to a bone bruise in his knee, the team announced Sunday.

Waiters said he would have preferred Gobert discuss the incident in private instead of spreading his opinion on social-media.

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters remains adamant he did not intend to injure Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

"I think it was a dirty play, but no matter what the most important thing is to keep getting better and to win tomorrow", Gobert told Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News. I went for the ball. For what it's worth, this is not the same knee or injury that forced Gobert to the sidelines for a month during the 2015-16 season. After suffering the injury Friday, Gobert called Waiters' dive "a dirty play". "Tell him to get out of his feelings and that's what it is, just like that". I know that my ligaments were fine, so it was just pain. I saw it on social media, late, after the win.

Gobert then missed Utah's game the following day.

And now, regardless of intent, the Jazz will be without their best player for arguably the toughest stretch of their season. They have six players averaging double-digit scoring: Rodney Hood, Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Gobert, and Derrick Favors. Among centers, Gobert is * a href="https://stats.nba.com/players/defense/?sort=PCT_BLK&dir=-1&CF=MIN*G*20&Season=2017-18&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PlayerPosition=C" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" *currently third in block percentage and among the league leaders in defensive rating.

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