CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters is back but will be limited.
Head coach Byron Scott said that Waiters, who is their second-leading scorer averaging 14.7 points per game, will play against the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
“We’ll play him 15-20 minutes,” Scott said. “He will not start.”
Waiters will be limited on doctors orders after missing the last 10 games due to a small loose cartilage fragment in his right knee. He left after the first quarter of a 111-90 loss to Indiana on March 18 with discomfort in his knee.
An MRI and further examination revealed the minute piece of loose cartilage in his knee but the team opted for rest and rehab over arthroscopic surgery, which would’ve ended his season.
Scott isn’t sure what production he’ll get from the rookie from Syracuse against Detroit.
“I don’t know what to expect,” Scott said. “I think from a conditioning standpoint he’s probably going to be winded. From a basketball standpoint his timing is probably going to be a little off.
“I think it’ll be just good for him to get his feet wet back out there. I’m not expecting a whole lot, just get out there and play.”
Kyrie Irving will play on back-to-back nights for the first time since retuning from his shoulder injury. Scott added that it will be good to have both Irving and Waiters on the floor together considering that it’s only happened 34 times this season.
The Cavaliers have lost 11 of their last 13 games and are coming off a 99-94 loss Tuesday night at Indiana that saw them blow their fourth 20-point lead of the season.