Waiters has been struggling with an illness the past few days and was unable to attend Monday morning’s team shootaround. The Cavaliers second leading scorer will surely be missed as he has been on fire as of late.
Over the past eight games, he is averaging 18.9 points per game and shooting an impressive 55.1 percent from the field. In fact, the 21-year-old has been outstanding for the entire month of February as he was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for his great performances, his first such honor.
“It’s great for our team and the work we’ve put in,” Waiters said, according to Cleveland.com. “We’ve been winning. I give credit to my teammates for helping me become a better player and person or I wouldn’t have got it.”
“My team is doing a pretty good job of helping me out — setting screens, rebounding, doing everything as a group, finding me. I try to find them also. I just wanted to get better as a basketball player, just get up to the speed of the game, get wins and play hard. That was my main goal — and make the playoffs. I had high expectations.”
Cleveland has been playing better as of late, winning four of their last six games, but without Waiters it is hard to believe they will be able to compete against New York. Center Tyler Zeller will also miss the contest with an illness.