Tomorrow evening will mark Dion Waiters’ first career game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Waiters has played against every current NBA team except, of course, Cleveland. Since being dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 5th, a trade that shocked some Cavalier fans, Waiters has averaged 11.4 points on 28 minutes per game. He has proven to be clutch off the bench for OKC, including hitting a big 3 pointer in one of his first games for the Thunder.
Coming into Sunday’s contest, there are many obvious match-ups to look for, but the pair of shooting guards recently added to both squads may be the more intriguing of the match-ups. At first many critics thought newly obtained shooting guard J.R. Smith would prove to be fatal within the locker room. Many now believe that the Wine and Gold have gotten the better end of the trade. J.R. has given a strong option for the Cavs off the bench and in the starting lineup. Although this game won’t give much answer to the question, “J.R. or Dion?,” it should unfold to be a much more competitive game than the last time these two met in which LeBron James did not play.
Note: This is the final regular season game this year between the Thunder and Cavaliers.