Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – When Bryon Scott talks – Cavaliers players better listen. That was the message from the coach to rookie Dion Waiters, who was benched during Tuesday night’s loss in Canton to the Bucks.
Waiters scored two points in 14 minutes and was benched by Scott early in the fourth quarter. Waiters missed an assignment on a play, and was removed from the game for taking a jump shot that he missed.
Two days later, things were much better and more clam at Cavs practice, and Scott said he was happy about how his team responded
“I thought they came with a different attitude today, much more focused,” Scott said following Thursday’s practice in Independence. “I thought today we got better, we will see how it plays out tomorrow.”
Scott said that it was tough to watch his offense not be better on Tuesday night vs the Bucks, taking a big step backwards after a week of camp.
“The disappointing aspect is on the offensive end we just didn’t share the ball, we didn’t trust each other,” Scott said. “I know that is going to take some time, but just too much dribbling and not enough passing, things we’ve been working on for the past week.”
As for the incident with Waiters, the coach was not reserved in stating his issues with the rookie, but that now it’s time to put it on the back burner.
“We’ve already moved forward, I have a unique connection with Dion since I played that position,” Scott said. “I told him the reason I am going to be hard on him is that I played that position and I am going to be hard on him.”
In two games, Waiters has scored 13 points in 29 minutes, going 4 for 13 from the field, including a 1-for-7 effort against the Bucks.
“I this league, you have one bad game or things not going your way you have another game the next night,” Waiters said. “You have to forget about it, that’s what I try to do just come out here and get better.”
For Waiters and the young Cavs, they will have a chance right away to get better on Friday, as the team will travel to Champaign, IL to take on the Bulls.
NOTE: Forward Luke Walton will not travel with the team to Champaign, for the game against Chicago on Friday due to a left hamstring strain experienced during training camp. He will remain at Cleveland Clinic Courts to receive treatment.