Kyrie Irving won’t be able to help. Rookie guard Dion Waiters wishes he could, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
Why Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters haven’t been as good as they may seem
Byron Scott has put a new spin on rookie hazing. The Cleveland Cavaliers coach presented each one of his rookies, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones, with baby dolls and pink strollers before Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters is out for Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sprained left ankle.
But James received little contact from Waiters, and little love from the referees. In an instant he was back on his feet, playing again, as if nothing had happened.
And not a flop, either — at least as deemed by the NBA.
The NBA’s video demonstrating what is and is not a flop warns sternly and repeatedly about something called “overembellishment.
In the year leading up to and the season following LeBron James’ insipid ‘Decision,’ the Cleveland Cavaliers went about things about as incorrectly as one franchise conceivably can. In the time since, luckily for northern Ohioans, the team is doing just about everything right. The wins aren’t there, of course, but that’s par for the course when you take chances in the draft and rebuild with youth. And while youngsters like Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller, and Dion Waiters have had their fair share of ups and downs during the lockout year and this season’s first month, star guard Kyrie Irving is helping the Cavaliers lead the league in drools per minute with his All-Star level play.
Of course, a day later, we know that Irving will miss up to a month with a fracture in his left hand . Though the second year guard was seen shooting around at practice on Tuesday while wearing a split on his injured hand, the team is likely to take its time (again, smartly) as they work their future franchise stud back into the lineup.
And that lineup, without Irving? It wasn’t pretty before with Kyrie off the court. And for the rest of November and a good chunk of December one of the league’s most entertaining teams will take a severe back seat without Irving’s offensive flash. Such is life on a rebuilding team without a star — suddenly, you’re the Washington Wizards .
Update: Waiters (thigh) will play Friday against the Suns, the News-Herald reports.
Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters give the Cleveland Cavaliers one of the most promising backcourts in the league.
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