Cavs Coach Benches Dion Waiters
On Sunday afternoon, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott laid out some goals for his young team this season. He thought they’d begin working toward those starting with their first two preseason games — against Montepaschi Siena on Monday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
After 22 minutes in a 97-80 loss to the Bucks, a seething Scott told reporters, “We took a step back as a team because of the way we played. We played selfish basketball, didn’t move the ball. I thought [the Bucks] played hard and shared the ball. That’s the way we have to play.”
“I thought C.J. was one of the bright spots,” Scott said. “I thought he played pretty good the first game, and I thought he played much better [Tuesday]. I thought C.J. played with a lot of intensity, lively. I thought he was one of the few guys who came ready to play.”
Clearly that did not include rookie Dion Waiters, who made just one of seven shots with four turnovers against the Bucks. Scott was so upset that he yanked Waiters from the game after he messed up a play Scott had called during a fourth-quarter timeout.
“You’ve got to know the plays,” Scott said.