On November 10, the Miami Heat defeated the Utah Jazz on the road, 84-74. Guard Dion Waiters led all scorers with 21 points. Waiters played well in that contest and at one point displayed his hustle as he went for a loose ball and collided with Utah's Rudy Gobert. The contact resulted in Gobert hurting his knee (bone bruise). Following the game, Gobert, through social media, said that what Waiters did was a "dirty play." The French big man even provided a clip of what happened.

Before the Miami Heat lost to the Detroit Pistons on November 12, Dion Waiters fired back at Rudy Gobert.

"I’ve never been a dirty player in my life. I went for the ball. Tell him to get out of his feelings. And that’s what it is, just like that," Waiters said according to the Miami Herald.

Waiters also stated that he did not know it was Gobert. The 25-year-old emphasized that he was just going for the ball. He added that it does not matter anymore since the Heat won. Waiters then reiterated that he is not a dirty player. He criticized Gobert as well for using social media to express his frustration, instead of telling it straight to him.

Rudy Gobert sidelined

The contact between Rudy Gobert and Dion Waiters led to an injury to the Utah Jazz center that will keep him out for four weeks. Perhaps this is the reason why Gobert was unhappy when he went down in their loss to the Miami Heat.

According to ESPN, Gobert will undergo reevaluation after that timeframe. The 25-year-old began his time on the sideline sitting out in the Jazz's victory over the Brooklyn Nets on November 11.

Worth it

As the season continues, it seems like the Miami Heat made the right decision of re-signing Dion Waiters back in the offseason.

Waiters inked a four-year, $52 million deal in July and he is proving to the Heat that every penny they are paying him is worth it.

In 11 games so far for Miami, Waiters has averaged 16.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.0 steal per outing. He is the second-best scorer for the Heat, just behind starting point guard Goran Dragic.

Waiters is expected to emerge again in their next two games. Miami will take on John Wall, Bradley Beal, and the Washington Wizards on November 15 (at home) and 17 (on the road). Waiters and the Heat aim to return on the winning track and improve their record. They are currently at 6-7, good for the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference. Their record is identical with the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.