Reporting Matt Loede
INDEPENDENCE, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers are hurting, a six-game losing streak to go along with superstar and last season rookie of the year Kyrie Irving out for a while after suffering a fractured left index finger.
Today coach Byron Scott announced the team will go with veteran Jeremy Pargo at the point guard spot, passing over the chance to put rookie Dion Waiters in the position, playing Daniel Gibson at the shooting guard spot.
“I did think about starting Dion at the point and bringing in Daniel Gibson in at the two,” Scott said. “(Gibson) is not only a guy who is making shots for us but he’s defending his butt off.”
Waiters is averaging 13.3 points per game, good for third on the team. With Irving out, his shots and minutes could very well go up, and he could pick up some of the points the team will lose with Irving gone for a few weeks.
“I thought about it and said ‘no’ I don’t want (Waiters) at the point to start the game,” Scott said. “It gets him out of being the runner and being aggressive on that (offensive) end.
“Being a two guard he can stay aggressive, being a point you have to set everyone else up, you have to run the show and try to score as well, I don’t want to put that much pressure on him right now.”
Pargo came to the Cavs from Memphis this offseason, and last season appeared in 44 games with the Grizzlies, averaging 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes.
He had inked with Memphis as an undrafted free agent after spending a couple of seasons in the Israel Premier League.
With the Cavs he has played in three games, putting up 2.7 points per game. “He’s another guy that’s very good on the defensive end,” Scott said of Pargo.
“He’s pretty good off the ball as well, one of our best communicators on the floor,” Scott said. “Offensively I am not asking him to do anything he can’t do. I know he can run the show, push the tempo, and I know he makes good decisions.”
The Cavs will play the Sixers at home tonight, three days removed from an 86-79 loss in Philadelphia on Sunday evening.
They will fly to Miami Thursday evening, and take on LeBron James and the champion Miami Heat Friday night in South Beach.