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Is Waiters Cleveland's problem?

11/7/2014

Dion Waiters is playing less lately, isn't playing when the game matters, is getting many fewer touches than last season, hasn't been getting passed to as much by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving over the last two games, isn't passing as much when he gets the ball over the last two games, and thus has been less efficient with the ball lately.

Dion Waiters

WaitersWaiters came off the bench Wednesday for the first time this season, and he's been used much less since the fourth quarter against the Bulls. Over the last two games, Waiters is averaging 11.5 fewer minutes per game than the first two games.

In a close game against the Bulls, Waiters was on the bench for the final eight minutes. Matthew Dellavedova played those final eight minutes.

In a close game against the Jazz, Waiters played just three seconds of the final 8:56. Mike Miller played the final 4:57.

The Cavs offense has been much better with Waiters off the court this season -- they're scoring seven more points per 100 possessions without him.

Cavaliers Offense With Dion Waiters
On/Off Court This Season

Do James and Irving not trust Waiters anymore?

In the first two games, 51 percent of the passes Waiters received were from James or Irving. In the last two games, only 33 percent of the passes Waiters received were from James or Irving. (example: click here)

Waiters is averaging 17 fewer touches per game and has the ball in his hands for less than half as much time as he did last season (2.9 minutes of possession per game last season, 1.3 minutes of possession per game this season). Per 36 minutes, he's averaging 15 fewer touches.

Dion Waiters Last 2 Seasons

Over the last two games, Waiters is touching the ball just as often when he's in but he's passing the ball much less often -- on 54 percent of his touches compared to passing on 65 percent of his touches in the first two games.

And Waiters has been less efficient in the last two games, with 20 percent fewer points created per touch compared to the first two games.