It’s pretty clear something’s wrong with the Cleveland Cavaliers right now. Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com seems to have a little insight into what might be ailing them right now chemistry-wise.
“The Cavaliers held a players-only meeting following Wednesday’s 29-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, multiple sources told ESPN.com. But the meeting got contentious, and players confronted each other, according to sources.”
Our own Scott Sargent heard an odd statement from a Cavs employee prior to shootaround regarding shooting guard Dion Waiters.
Cavs employee told me early Friday not to expect Dion to play. Didn't even think to ask for an explanation. Shit's real, three weeks in.
— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) November 16, 2013
Echoing that, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio hinted this morning in his column this morning that the Cavs were “calling it an illness” in regards to the reason that Waiters did not play last night.
“An aside to all this is what’s going on with Cavs shooting guard Dion Waiters.
He was listed as questionable (and ultimately sat out) with what’s being called an illness. But word is it goes deeper than that — and sources said even if Waiters had been healthy and played, he has lost his starting spot to C.J. Miles.”
Waiters is averaging 13.3 points per game this season in 9 games, but he is shooting just 39% from the field and 58% from the free throw line. Mike Brown has been very openly critical of Dion’s defensive play at times as well. Waiters has begun to lose playing time to surprise contributor C.J. Miles along with Jarrett Jack in the fourth quarter of games.
One can see how issues on the court can carry over into the locker room and vice versa. The Cavaliers, with no shortage of storylines, head into the nation’s captial this evening to take on the Wizards.