Reporter: "You always hear about guys in the zone. What's it like to be in that zone and have that moment two games in a row?"
Waiters: "I love that moment. You can never shy away from that. I just feel though, like — one of my favorite quotes is, uh ... I forgot it already. One of my favorite quotes. But yeah, man, you just can't be afraid to take them shots."
Honest to the God that he's clearly somehow summoned, this quote is so perfectly fitting that if it came from anyone other than Dion Waiters I would think it was a joke at Dion Waiters' expense. You could try to explain the Miami guard's recent hot streak by saying his confidence has always been otherworldly (literally a product of his own personal fantasy land) or with some simplistic cliche like "shooter's shoot" if you so choose. However, the fact of the matter is that there is one distinct quality that is responsible for both his recent heroics and a postgame, absent minded, non-quoted quotable...
His unbelievably short memory.
See that guy who just had the testicular fortitude to hit back-to-back game winning daggers from well beyond the three point line? Yeah, well that's the same guy that went from a promising 4th overall pick to the bottom of an insanely lucrative free agent barrel by managing to chuck his way out of an offseason sweepstakes that saw Matthew Dellavedova financially secure himself for life. If he had even an ounce of a recollection he wouldn't feel comfortable taking another contested jump shot for the rest of his career.
Of course he's not a treasure trove of Instagram quotes. If he could remember cleverly pieced together sayings that resonated with him then it's safe to say he would be able to remember that he's a career 33% three point shooter who has spent the last few seasons making fans plead "no! no! no!" while flatfootedly catching kick out passes two feet beyond the arc. Dion Waiters probably couldn't tell you what he had for breakfast this morning, and that's his gift and his curse. That's why he's been happily standing alone on Waiters' Island incapable of realizing that people only begrudgingly visit. It's why he can't recall any of the ridiculously ill-advised shots he's missed in the past that would make a self aware person hesitate with the game on the game. It's why he has no brilliant phrase to explain why - fortunately for him - he simply hasn't been himself lately.