Per a tweet from the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Cavaliers Twitter account, both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters were held out of practice on Thursday and will both be game time decisions against the Milwaukee Bucks. Irving has held out due to an undisclosed illness, while Waiters did not practice due to tendinitis in his right wrist.
Irving (sick) and Waiters (right wrist tendinitis) missed practice THU and TBD for FRI vs MKE
— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) December 19, 2013
If both guards are out against Milwaukee, the Wine & Gold will be missing their top two scorers, who average a combined 26 points per game. And while the duo has had their reported conflicts and issues, their recent improvements have given the Wine & Gold some of the offensive firepower they have been missing all season.
This would also be a difficult game for these two to miss, as it should be an easy “W”. The Bucks are amongst the worst teams in the entire NBA and currently sit at the bottom of the overly awful Eastern Conference. And with the Cavaliers in the midst of their best stretch of basketball, a win against Milwaukee would be a sign that, after a long, winding road of inconsistency, Cleveland might finally be on the right path.
If even one of this duo is out, their scoring load will be placed up the shoulders of Jarrett Jack and C.J. Miles. Jack would be the likely starter if Irving does not play, while Miles would likely see increased minutes at the two spot if Waiters does not see the floor on Friday night. And if both are out, then Jack and Miles should expect to play the majority of the game side by side in the backcourt. This could also mean increased minutes at both spots for Matthew Dellavedova, as well as for Sergey Karasev. Either way, it will take some juggling for Mike Brown to figure out how to distribute the backcourt minutes if Irving and/or Waiters are out.