Amidst the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 97-80 preseason loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, rookie guard Dion Waiters was pulled for most of the second half due to what head coach Byron Scott dubbed as a lack of focus.
“He struggled offensively big-time,” Scott said of Waiters. “I took him out in the second half because I drew up a play, guard ran the play, he messed it up. To me that was a lack of focus so I figured he didn’t need to play the rest of the game.”
Waiters finished the game shooting 1-for-7, coming off of the bench behind the recently signed CJ Miles who led the team with 18 points. The Cavs made just 30 of 78 shots (38.5 percent) and committed 22 turnovers, four of which were committed by Waiters. Scott went on to blame some of the rookie’s struggles on the various lineups being employed during within the preseason setting.
“It’s going to be a day-to-day process for us,” Kyrie Irving said of the struggling offense. “We definitely have to find some continuity.”
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