July 29, 2014

Dion Waiters to return to action on Tuesday

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters has been cleared to return to the floor when the Wine and Gold play host to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Waiters missed eight games with a sprained left ankle which occurred in the team’s double-overtime loss to the Portland Trailblazers. His return means the entire roster will be available for the first time since Nov. 18; the entire unit has been available for a mere six games through the 2012-13 season thanks to injuries sustained by Kyrie Irving, Tyler Zeller and Waiters.

Waiters’ 15.2 points per game ranks second behind Irving and  his 3.4 assists are tied with Anderson Varejao for second — also behind Irving. He is shooting 36 percent on the season, but has stated that he will settle for fewer jump shots upon his return. Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott has not confirmed whether or not Waiters will regain his starting spot as CJ Miles has averaged 22.5 points per game over the last four contests.

[Related: WFNY Discussion: Dion Waiters’ shooting at the rim]

  • ThatAlex

    Three cheers for (hopefully) watchable basketball again!

  • woofersus

    I can see the argument for bringing him off the bench because currently when Kyrie is off the floor nobody can penetrate the defense and create opportunities, and regardless of whether he’s going to play better than Miles or not the second unit needs somebody who can create. On the flip side, he misses a lot of shots and it probably would help to have him on the floor at the same time as Varejao because he creates lots of 2nd chances on offense.