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Already missing an All-Star and their best big man, the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost another key player to injury.
Rookie guard Dion Waiters will miss at least one week with a sore left knee and may need surgery, another blow to the young Cavs who are already without Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao and will have to face the history-chasing Miami Heat on Wednesday night. The Heat have won 23 straight games, the second-longest streak in NBA history.
Waiters, who has been slowed by the knee for several games, left Monday's game against Indiana in the first half and did not return. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday which revealed loose cartilage in his left knee. The Cavs said Waiters will rest and have treatment over the next week, and it's possible the No. 4 overall pick in last year's draft may need an arthroscopic procedure.
It's another setback to the banged-up Cavs, who may not have Irving back this season. He recently sprained his left shoulder and will be out another two weeks. Varejao was having an All-Star caliber season before he sustained a severe quadriceps injury in January. Following surgery, Varejao developed blood clots, had to be hospitalized and will not play again this season.
On Monday, forward Luke Walton became the fourth Cleveland player to wear a protective face mask this season. Irving, Tristan Thompson and rookie Tyler Zeller all had facial bones broken this season.
The injuries have forced coach Byron Scott to mix and match lineups, and on Wednesday, he'll start Wayne Ellington in Waiters' spot at shooting guard alongside Shaun Livingston.
Cleveland has played Miami tough twice this season, but Scott knows the challenge will be tougher now.
''Anything can happen,'' Scott said. ''Just like boxers. James Buster Douglas against Mike Tyson. Nobody in the world thought it would happen.''
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and their Heat teammates are now within 10 games of matching the league mark for consecutive wins set by the 1971-71 Los Angeles Lakers.
''We have to play probably our best game of the season because they're playing at a different level than everybody else,'' Scott said. ''I'm sure from their standpoint, they're on a high. When you're playing that well, you have to have some luck in there during that streak. But you almost get to the point you feel you're invincible, that you can't lose.
''I think that's where they are right now.''
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In the wake of losing shooting guard Dion Waiters to a knee injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers have signed veteran guard Chris Quinn for the remainder of the NBA season.
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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters will miss the rest of Cleveland's game against Indiana with a sore left knee.
Waiters scored four points in the first quarter, but didn't play in the second. The Cavaliers announced in the third quarter that he would be held out the rest of the game as a precaution and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Waiters, the No. 4 pick...
Already without Kyrie Irving, the Cavs will now lose Dion Waiters for at least one week with loose cartilage in his knee. The team has not ruled out arthroscopic surgery, but after the week, he will be re-evaluated.
According to The Plain Dealer:
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