With Kyrie Irving (strained biceps) and forward Luol Deng (sprained ankle) sidelined,
Waiters shot 11 of 25 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from downtown, and 6 of 12 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with four assists, two rebounds and three steals while logging 41 minutes of game action.
Waiters has logged 40-plus minutes for the second straight game. He is averaging 18.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.4 rebounds over his last five games played.
Waiters carried an extra load with Kyrie Irving out of the lineup, dishing out 11 assists in 41 minutes Tuesday against Miami.
With Kyrie sidelined for at least two weeks with a bicep injury,
Waiters had an up and down game in a 100-96 loss, as he recorded a career-high 11 assists while struggling mightily with his efficiency. He turned the ball over six times to go with those 11 assists, and also scored 17 points on 6 of 19 shooting, while adding four rebounds in 41 minutes of action.
Waiters hasn't quite taken the expected step forward in his second year in the league, posting nearly identical numbers across the board. He is averaging 14.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while seeing his playing time drop just a bit to 28.1 minutes per game.
Waiters played just 23 minutes in his first game back from a hyperextended knee, but was extremely productive in that time. He scored 24 points on 11 of 18 shooting, with a pair of 3-pointers made, while adding one rebound, one block and three assists in a 122-101 loss.
Waiters was averaging 24.4 minutes per game in the month of February prior to his injury, but was averaging 13.6 points and 3.0 rebounds and assists per game. He should see a larger role moving forward.
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