Reporting Daryl Ruiter
INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters will be a game-time decision Wednesday against Chicago.
Coach Byron Scott said that Waiters did not practice Tuesday and continues to receive treatment for a sprained left ankle which could leave the Cavaliers shorthanded while taking on a powerful Bulls team.
The thought of not having Kyrie Irving, who is expected to miss at least 2 more weeks with a broken left index finger, and Waiters worries Scott.
“Is it terrifying thinking about playing the Bulls without Kyrie and him? Yeah,” Scott said. “But everybody laces them up the same way. You’ve got to come out there and compete no matter who’s out there on the floor. That’s the bottom line. We’ll see [Wednesday] where we are as far as if he can play or not by game time.
“If he can’t we’ll try to figure out what’s the best starting unit for us and go from there.”
Waiters injured his ankle during the second overtime Saturday night’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. X-rays were negative and an MRI Sunday confirmed that he has a sprained ankle.
In 17 games this season, Waiters is averaging 15.2 points and 3.4 assists per game.
To bolster the back end of the roster, the team called up Kevin Jones from the Canton Charge Tuesday.
In 5 games with the Charge, Jones averaged 23.6 points and 12.6 rebounds.
The former West Virginia star was one of the final players cut by the Cavs at the end of training camp and Scott doesn’t anticipate him factoring into the rotation right away.
“I would like to see him with a couple more practices under his belt, see how he handles everything that’s going on,” Scott said. “Today, I was a little surprised that he played as well as he played, so maybe he’ll continue to surprise me.”
Scott added that he is contemplating making a change to his starting 5 Wednesday night after falling behind 30-17 after 1 in Detroit Monday.
“I’m not sure,” Scott said. “If I had to answer that right now, probably not. 30-17 wasn’t what I envisioned in the first quarter, getting off to that bad start. Just looking at that aspect of it, I would have to say right now about 75 percent pretty sure it probably won’t be the same lineup.”