Kyrie Irving won’t be able to help. Rookie guard Dion Waiters wishes he could, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
Likely missing their top two scorers for a fourth consecutive game, the host Cavaliers will look to snap a four-game losing streak Saturday night when they face the Detroit Pistons for the second time in six days.
Out the last 10 games with a broken left index finger, Irving, who is scoring 22.9 points per game, isn’t expected back for a couple of weeks.
Waiters, second on the Cavs (4-16) with 15.2 ppg, has missed the last three contests – starting with Monday’s 89-79 loss at Detroit – with a sprained left ankle, and he’s not likely to return until at least Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
“He wants to try to play tomorrow, I just don’t see it after watching him walk,” coach Byron Scott said after Friday’s shootaround. “The other thing is, I’ve always believed when a player comes back, he has to have a full day or practice too. His first chance of doing that would be Monday.”