According to The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters will be out a few more games with his hyperextended left knee. Waiters was injured on Wednesday when the Cavaliers were playing in Waiters’ hometown of Philadelphia against the 76ers. It is not yet known when Waiters will return to the court.
Just talked to Dion Waiters. He says he’s out a “couple games” more, at least. Hasn’t run since he suffered injury Tues. #Cavs
— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) February 23, 2014
Waiters hurt his knee while dunking on now teammate Spencer Hawes. He immediately fell to the ground when the injury occurred, clutching his knee once he landed on his back.
While Waiters’ injury isn’t particularly concerning in terms of his longterm health, it does leave the Cavaliers thin on the wing. With C.J. Miles also out with injury, the Cavaliers are without two of their top wings. Combined, the duo plays 47.7 minutes per game, mostly at the shooting guard position. Their absence has meant more playing time for Jarrett Jack and Matthew Dellavedova.
Their absence has also put more pressure on Kyrie Irving and others to carry the scoring load. Combined, Waiters and Miles score 24.4 points per game – 25.15 percent of the Cavaliers 97.0 points per game.
Waiters also was playing some inspired basketball of late. Waiters and Irving were starting to mesh better than they had at any point of their young careers and Waiters will still riding some of the momentum he received from his big scoring performance in the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Waiters finished with 31 points in that game, most of which came when he went head-to-head with New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr.