Found October 09, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
72
CANTON, Ohio -- Dion Waiters had a lousy night, that much we know. But perhaps Cavaliers fans should relax. Not to make excuses, but he was playing in his first back-to-back a week into his NBA career. The result: Two points on 1-for-7 shooting in a 97-80 preseason loss to Milwaukee at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. OK, maybe that is an excuse. But its a decent one, dont you think? Of course, in Cleveland, the answer is probably no. Not surprisingly, it was the answer in the coachs office as well. He struggled offensively big-time, Cavs coach Byron Scott said of Waiters. I took him out in the second half because I drew up a play and he messed it up. To me that was a lack of focus so I figured he didnt need to play the rest of the game. Waiters, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard and the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, has come off the bench in both preseason games. In Mondays 91-85 win over Montepaschi Siena, he proved to be a real difference-maker, compiling a few key moments at the end of a close game. But Tuesday, Waiters looked like a rookie. Thats to be expected. A lack of focus, however, is something Scott just cannot forgive. You got to know the plays, Scott said. I cant draw up a play during a timeout and then you go on the floor and mess it up. Second thing is, defensively, hes still gotta do better off the ball. I think hes doing a decent job on the ball. Thats not enough in the big scheme of things. Of course, if you ask Scott, his prized rookie wasnt alone. The entire roster could use a serious refresher when it comes to what their coach expects. I thought we took a step back as a team, Scott said. I thought we played selfish basketball. The Bucks played hard and shared the ball. Thats the way we have to play. C.J. Miles, who starts at the shooting guard spot everyone figured was reserved for Waiters, led the Cavs with 18 points in 22 minutes. That included 4-for-7 shooting on three-pointers. Also, reigning rookie of the year Kyrie Irving contributed 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. But when it comes to double-figure scorers for the Cavs, that was it. Only forward Jon Leuer, claimed off waivers this past summer, came close with eight points in reserve. And even he didnt escape Scotts ire entirely. I thought he did some really good things, Scott said. But? He and Tyler (Zeller) made a bunch of mistakes, Scott quickly added. We always talk about the closest big (to a made basket) taking the ball out. They didnt do that for four or five minutes. I dont know if thats just a lack of focus, guys saying theyre tired or whatever. Its no excuse. Theres that word again -- excuse. Waiters cant use it, Leuer cant use it, and when it comes to the Cavs and Cleveland fans, no one wants to hear it. NOTES Waiters wasnt the only rookie who messed up. Bucks forward John Henson got the hook from coach Scott Skiles in the second quarter. I ran a play wrong in the first half and thats why I got yanked, said Henson, the No. 14 overall pick. Deservedly so. Henson played his college ball with Zeller, the 17th overall pick. Henson finished with six points and seven rebounds. Zeller had six and three, respectively. Irving didnt start in the preseason last year, and advises Waiters accordingly. Irving said he told Waiters to keep the faith. Something I struggled with (as a rookie) was trusting my instincts, Irving said. Trusting my instincts is what got me to the NBA. You cant worry about those shots going in and out. Scott said he will probably change the starting lineup for the next two preseason games. I dont know yet, he said. Well just have to wait and see. Cavs reserves that played in Mondays game -- Samardo Samuels, Donald Sloan, Omri Casspi -- did not play Tuesday. Scott instead went with Kelenna Azubuike, Jeremy Pargo, Leuer, Kevin Jones and even long shots Kevin Anderson and Justin Holiday. The first group looked better than the second. Scott predicted he wont have a set rotation until the fifth preseason game. Were just trying a lot of things and seeing what parts work, he said. Hopefully within the next week well figure some of those things out. The Cavs play in Champaign, Ill., against Chicago Friday night. They return to Quicken Loans Arena to face Washington on Saturday. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Scott: Waiters 'has to earn' starting spot

CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving coming off the bench in the preseason is so last year. This year, Cavaliers fans are more concerned with the fact Dion Waiters, the No. 4 overall draft pick, did not start Mondays preseason opener vs. Montepaschi Siena. He may not start in Tuesdays preseason game in Canton, either.Instead, the honor will go to another newcomer -- free-agent pickup C.J. Miles...

Dion Waiters speaks on learning to be more patient following preseason loss to Bucks

Dion Waiters finished his first preseason game against NBA competition 1 of 7 from the field. He totaled two points, three assists, and four turnovers in 14 minutes. Byron Scott said after the game that he eventually pulled Waiters with 10 minute to go for what he called "a lack of focus". Prior to leaving the Canton Civic Arena last night, I spoke with the Cavaliers rookie...

Irving scores 10 in Cleveland's 91-85 win

Kyrie Irving, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, scored 10 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Italy's Montepaschi Siena 91-85 in their preseason opener Monday night. Samardo Samuels led Cleveland with 14 points and Donald Sloan added 13. The Cavaliers had six players score in double figures. Bobby Brown scored a game-high 22 points for Siena while Matt Janning added...

Kyrie Irving Crosses Defender, Hits Tristan Thompson For The Slam

You reach, guy with the funny hair, and Kyrie Irving will teach! As for Tristan Thompson, he’ll be sure to finish the highlight by throwing down with the utmost authority.Considering Irving’s incredible ability to break defenders down, I can totally see he and Tristan Thompson becoming one of the most exciting guard-forward combos in the league. More importantly, I can also...

2012-13 Cleveland Cavaliers Preview

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. It’s NBA preseason! Training camp, conditioning, meaningless preseason games. We’ve got it all! But the real reason I love this time of year is because it means the NBA season is right around the corner. It’s so close I can feel it.With the excitement Kyrie Irving gave Cavaliers fans last year, most of us can...

Video: Tristan Thompson with the monster slam on Siena

Tweet Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted both Kyrie Irving (1st) and Tristan Thompson (4th) in the top-five of the NBA draft to be their dynamic duo for years to come. The combination showed some promise in their first season, with Irving winning Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 18.5 ppg and 5.4 apg, [...]

Cleveland Cavaliers Win First Preseason game

The Cleveland Cavaliers won their first Preseason game by defeating Montepaschi Siena 91-85. Samardo Samuels led the Cavs with 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds on 6-8 FG attempts. Donald Sloan also had a strong game for the Cavs with 13 points. Overview of all who main players Starters Kyrie Irving: Stats- 10 Points 3 assists 1-7 FG Kyrie struggled to shoot the ball yesterday...

Bloguin and Out: Waiters for Rookie of the Year?

Each week at around this time, we will point to you to what the various blogs on the Bloguin network are saying about their teams. Be sure to check out all the great blogs for more in depth coverage of your favorite team! When Cleveland selected Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick in the draft, it raised some eyebrows. Waiters had his issues at Syracuse and no one was quite...

Samuels takes shape as Cavs' wild card

CLEVELAND -- If youre looking for an X-factor on the Cavaliers this season, a guy who could emerge out of nowhere and become a vital player on a potential playoff team, you may want to check out Samardo Samuels.At least, thats been the book on Samuels since the summer.He showed up for NBA summer play in Las Vegas looking like a million bucks. He was slim, trim and full of muscle...

Cavs Report: Waiters says lesson learned

Anyone wishing for drama involving rookie guard Dion Waiters and the Cavaliers is out of luck. But if youre hoping Cavs coach Byron Scott stays on top of his prized rookie guard, well, youll probably enjoy the 2012-13 season. I have a unique connection with Dion because I played that position, Scott told Cleveland reporters, referring to his days as Magic Johnsons backcourt-mate...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.