Though his shot opportunities aren't always plentiful with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant typically commanding the bulk of opponents' attention, Waiters was quite helpful in aiding the Thunder to the blowout victory in what might have been the team's most impressive performance of the postseason. Waiters is averaging 10 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 percent shooting from behind the arc through the first three games of the series, and if he's able to keep up that efficiency, he might be able to earn himself more court time.
Waiters played the fourth-most minutes on the team Sunday behind Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Steven Adams, earning heavy time due to his impressive effort on both ends. He's upped his shooting accuracy to 46 percent in the playoffs, and if Waiters keeps performing at this level, he figures to continue seeing more minutes than starting shooting guard Andre Roberson.
Dion Waiters had 17 points (5-22 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block across 42 minutes during the Oklahoma City Thunder 's 102-98 overtime loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.
Waiters was abysmal from the field while turning the ball over four times in Tuesday's start. However, going up against the Spurs' defense is no small task, and he was forced to carry a sizable portion of the scoring load with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant resting. January was the lone month in 2015-16 that Waiters was able to sink 40 percent or more of his field-goal attempts, and he has proven rather inefficient regardless of his role.
Dion Waiters finished with 25 points (10-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-6 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal over 39 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Trail Blazers.
With nearly every starter resting, Waiters saw a ton of opportunities and made the most of them. He tied a season high with 25 points although he did turn the ball over seven times. Waiters can shoot, but his upside is pretty limited when the Oklahoma City Thunder are at full strength since he doesn't do much else.
Dion Waiters will start on Wednesday's against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.
Waiters is starting due to Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Kevin Durant, and Serge Ibaka being rested. He figures to see a large increase in play time while the usual starters are out. He may draw a few more starts in the final few games of the regular season as the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare for the playoffs. He'll likely return to the bench as soon as the regular starters return.
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