Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/16/13
Kenneth Faried may have been the MVP of the Rising Stars challenge on Friday night, but it was the Cavaliers youngsters who stole the show. With four Cavaliers (Irving, Thompson, Waiters, and Zeller) in the game there was rarely a minute of action that went by where a Cavalier was not involved. During a stretch in the middle of the first half, with all four Cavs on the floor, the game went Waiters dunk, Tristan alley-oop, Kyrie open 3, and then a Tristan jump hook. The Cavaliers showed themselves well in a game that is less of a game and more of a skills exhibition. Kyrie very well could have been the MVP over Faried, scoring 32 points, handing out 6 assists, and grabbing 6 rebounds. And in a game full of highlights, Kyrie had the highlight of all highlights. Late in the second half Irving and Brandon Knight were isolated on the wing, Kyrie lulled Knight to sleep with some yo-yo like handles, stepped back, causing Knight to fall to the ground, and drained an 18 footer. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a beauty. A few minutes later, Dion added the dunk of the night. For some reason or another all nine other guys on the floor cleared out for Waiters to throw down a between the legs jam. It’s unclear what prompted the entire game to stop and allow Waiters to do his dunk, but I have a hunch there were a few shekels on the line if in fact Dion could pull it off. Waiters chipped in with 23 points, making him the game’s third leading scorer behind Faried and Irving, including this flush off the backboard from Kemba Walker. Tristan Thompson also got into the action, adding 20 points to team Chuck’s 163-135 win. While Irving, Waiters, and Thompson all shined bright, Tyler Zeller looked a little out of place with high flying athletes running all around him, taking only 2 shots and scoring just 4 points. The frantic pace and absence of defense led to highlights all around, but very little can be taken away from this game that will carry over into the real season. It was a night for Cavalier fans to watch their youngsters on the national stage, and any night where Dion goes 11-12 from the floor is a fun night. [Related: NBA Rookie Rankings: Waiters and Zeller impress against Spurs] Follow Ryan Jones on Twitter @CzarJonesey7
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rookie WR Tyler Lockett has Pete Carroll, Seahawks gushing

Packers TE returns to practice in wake of family tragedy

DeSean Jackson: Revis, Sherman can't stop me

Rob Gronkowski on Patriots LB Jamie Collins: ‘He’s a freak’

Ray Allen won't officially retire in case he gets right offer

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cam Newton on taking hits: I'm not a ballerina

Warner impressed by progress made by pupil Kaepernick

Yordano Ventura threatened Jose Bautista on Twitter

Giants GM confirms he has spoken with Jason Pierre-Paul

Sam Bradford on target to start season opener for Eagles

NFL official: Footballs known to have leaks 'right out of the box'

Oregon was only team drug tested during CFB Playoff?

Five 2nd year NBA players ready to take the next step

John Daly wants to be US Ryder Cup captain

Rodgers appears in another Olivia Munn workout video

Matt Hasselbeck is still getting random drug tests

Five teams that won at the MLB trade deadline

What should be expected from Aaron Rodgers in 2015?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is waiting for Tim Duncan to match him

Report: James Harden received $200 million offer to join Adidas

Adrian Peterson, son featured in Vikings' 'Family Day' tweet

July's best and worst players in Major League Baseball

Why TCU and Baylor will again dominate the Big 12

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker