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Dion Waiters provides strong response to Rudy Gobert calling him "dirty"

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The Utah Jazz have been dealt a huge injury blow after they confirmed Rudy Gobert will miss 4-6 weeks with a bone bruise in his knee.

The Frenchman sustained the injury in their recent loss to the Miami Heat when Dion Waiters collided with his knee after diving for a loose ball.

Following the game, Gobert called out the Heat shooting guard and called it a "dirty play".

"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.

The center even took to social media to post footage of the incident, sarcastically saying "Dove for the ball right".

Waiters has since taken exception to the allegation from the Jazz big man and has defended himself against the claims.

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

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"I didn't even know that was him. I went for the ball, making a basketball play. He goes right to social media. I ain't a social media guy. At the end of the day, that (expletive) don't matter. Tell him to get out of his feelings. We won, they lost, so what.

"I've never been a dirty player in my life. If he thought it was a dirty play, you come to me as a man and you ask me and I'll tell him the same (expletive) I'm saying now. I saw it on social media, late, after the win. I'm not a dirty player."

It's impossible to judge a player's intent, so it's only fair to take Waiters' word for it.

The only thing we know for sure is that Utah will be without it's most important player for a substantial period.

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The 'Stifle Tower' is averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks for the season.

The Salt Lake City outfit is one of the best defensive teams in the league, largely because of Gobert's work, but his loss will impact them severely on that end of the floor.

Utah currently has a 6-7 record in the Western Conference and suffered an offensive nightmare against Miami as they went 4-of-33 as a team in a second-half collapse that eventually saw them lose 84-74.

This huge setback will put a serious dent in their hopes of making the playoffs in a difficult conference.

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