Games Back: 4
What we learned against the Spurs: The Cavaliers maybe could’ve made the playoffs if Dion Waiters had been healthy over the last couple weeks.
Dion Waiters scored 24 points in less than 24 minutes. If he would’ve been healthy enough to log 30-plus minutes on Tuesday, the Cavaliers might have been good enough to only lose by something like six to a team who will contend for the Western Conference championship. Instead, the Cavs lost by 21, falling a full game back of the Detroit Pistons for ninth and four back of the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
With 20 games remaining, the Cavaliers have lost five of their last seven and just about slammed their playoff window completely closed in the process.
After the game, I asked Mike Brown about Waiters’ return to the lineup. Brown said that he liked his activity as far as putting the ball in the basket but would have to go back and look at the tape to assess his overall performance. In my assessment, Waiters was desperately missed during the parts of the second and third quarter he spent on the bench. It was during that stretch the Spurs blew the doors of the Cavaliers.no comments