Dec 17, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) shoots in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters to return Thursday


The Cleveland Cavaliers will get a lift when they take on the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night. Second year guard Dion Waiters will be back in the lineup. Waiters has missed the Cavaliers’ last three games with a wrist injury.

Waiters isn’t sure how he hurt the rest, but he told reporters he was “feeling better than he did” before Thursday’s game.

“I couldn’t shoot the ball or dribble the ball or pass,” Waiters told Mary Schmmit Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It started about two weeks ago and I shook it off, but it got worse.”

The Cavaliers lost two of the three games without Waiters in the lineup.

“It’s going to linger, but it’s way better,” he said. “I can do things I couldn’t do before. It will bother me a little bit, but nothing that will keep me out.”

Waiters has been at the center of trade rumors and has been connected with several teams, including the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers.

On the season, he’s averaging 14.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

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