#Cavs Dion Waiters game-time decision tonight. Banged knees in practice yesterday with Zeller, missed shootaround today
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) December 17, 2013
The Cleveland Cavaliers could be without shooting guard Dion Waiters when they host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight (Tuesday) after he and reserve center Tyler Zeller banged knees in practice yesterday. The Blazers are playing some of the best basketball in the NBA and put up a ton of points, so potentially being without Waiters would definitely hurt.
Waiters has been unbelievably inconsistent as the Cavs 6th man off the bench. In some games, he has been a microwave off the bench able to light up opponents and rack up points quickly while in other situations, mistakes and the wrong kind of energy have had bad results. When Waiters is going and he and Kyrie Irving are on the same page, they are able to be a dynamic pairing in crunch time.
While the goal would be to have Waiters ultimately be the starter, he has found a nice role like he had at Syracuse where he was the ACC Sixth Man of the Year. C.J. Miles has done a nice job as the starter and Waiters being able to run the offense and handle the ball has given them a dynamic sort of like what Oklahoma City had when James Harden was coming off the bench and running the second team. Waiters is not near the same level as Harden was but the dynamic is similar.