Cavs News: Dion Waiters Probable for Friday

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After missing Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters’ status for Friday night’s game in Boston has been upgraded to probable, according to Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico.

Waiters, a third-year guard out of Syracuse University who was the fourth overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, sat out after being knocked to the floor during last Friday’s road game against the Denver Nuggets, landing on his tailbone.

Though Waiters would return to the game after the collision, the effects of the hit began to develop, and Cavs’ head coach David Blatt made the decision to keep him out of Monday’s game. Waiters also sat out Wednesday’s practice before returning to the court this afternoon.

Blatt said, “Dion went through the whole practice and looked fairly good,” then added about the Celtics game, “He’s probable. We’ll see how his body responds after the work he did today.”

Waiters, who started the first three games of the season before being switched to coming off the bench, is currently averaging 9.4 points per game and shooting 35 percent from the field.

The Friday game against Boston is set for a 7:30 p.m. Eastern tipoff, and will be the first of a back-to-back weekend, which will see Cleveland return home for a 7:30 matchup on Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.