When Dion Waiters has a night like this, it gives you hope.
Yes, the Cavaliers dumped a 124-118 decision to the host Sacramento Kings on Monday night. Yes, they treated defense like some sort of nasty shellfish allergy. And yes, the Cavs were swept by a team that has one eye on the door, as the franchise gears for a move out of town.
But Waiters, man, that was something else.
And its not just that Waiters scored a game-high 33 points. Its how he went about it.
He went 12-for-18 from the field. He threw some pinpoint passes in traffic to finish with a team-high five assists. He looked extremely determined one a night when too many other Cavs just sort of stood around and watched.
My favorite thing about Waiters night, however, was the fact he took just three three-pointers (and made them all, by the way).
A lot of folks think Waiters settles too often, and a lot of folks are correct. Clearly, its easy for Waiters to fall in love with standing behind the arc and letting em fly....