Dion Waiters emerging as the go-to guy in crunch time for the Heat

When the game is on the line, it’s Dion Waiters showtime. The Miami Heat guard has emerge as the go-to guy in crunch time and he continues to do an excellent job.

The Dion Waiters Show

His latest episode was against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. It was a close game in the fourth quarter with the Heat up 95-91 when Dion hits a three-pointer to make it 99-91. Charlotte gets back to back buckets and again Dion hits a three with two minutes left. Charlotte makes another push and back comes Waiters with an off-balance three pointer. Those back to back to back threes by Dion kept the Heat ahead of the Hornets and created enough margin to get the victory at home.

Monday night in Cleveland, the Heat entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 18 point lead. After LeBron, Kyrie and Co. made a run, it was a five point game with 1:07 left in regulation. In the next Heat possession Waiters misses and Lebron misses at the other end. Next possession, Dion Waiters with the clock expiring hits a 32-foot three off the glass with 12 seconds left to seal back to back victories against the defending NBA champions.

And the sweetest one of all, against the Golden State Warriors back on January 23rd, 2017. It sealed the victory in game four of that 13-game win streak that turned the season around for the Miami Heat. “In the hands of Waiters, three seconds left for three and the win, Yeeesss” said Eric Reid, Miami Heat announcer “Dion has done it”

At this point in the season, Dion Waiters has established himself as one of the leaders of this team. His confidence and willingness to take the big shot is unbelievable and he has proven it against the best two teams in the league. Dion has earned the trust of his teammates to take the responsibility of leading this team at the end of games.

Coach Spoelstra on Dion

“He’s fearless,” Spoelstra said. “That irrational confidence, sometimes it drives you nuts.”

His confidence might drive coach Spo nuts sometimes, but Miami Heat fans are enjoying every minute of it. As long as he continues to hit those shots, they are all for it. The Dion Waiters show must go on…

–Al Milian