This was not the way the Miami Heat planned to pick up from last season. But there it is -- Dion Waiters again has a troublesome left ankle.

The same left ankle that sidelined him for the final 13 games last season, when the Heat came up just short of a playoff berth. The same ankle that he said still was tender when he reported to training camp last month.

This time, Waiters found himself back in the locker room getting re-taped during the third quarter of Wednesday night's 116-109 season-opening loss to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

"I didn't sprain anything until I got here, three times," Waiters said of Wednesday's game, "It's weird. Just guarding and trying to get through a screen, a guy kicked my foot and tweaked it a little bit. I'm not going to make it a big thing right now."

Only it is. The Heat need Waiters to be at his best for them to be at their best. He closed Wednesday's loss 7 of 17 from the field.