Dion Waiters is listed as probable and expected to play tonight when the Cavs host the Detroit Pistons.
Waiters has missed the last 10 games with a loose piece of cartilage in his left knee. He participated in the Cavs’ most recent practice on Monday, but coach Byron Scott downplayed that at the time because he said the workout was so light, he wouldn’t even consider it a real practice. A team spokesman said on Monday that Waiters had not been cleared to return to practice, and Scott’s long-standing rule is players coming off injury must first practice before playing. But the team sent out a release that Waiters is probable for tonight, so apparently Monday’s practice will suffice for Waiters to return to the floor.
He has not played since March 18 when he was removed following the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers and did not return. The Cavs went 2-8 without him, although they were without Kyrie Irving for five of those games as well.
Waiters is averaging 14.7 points and 3 assists in 57 games. With five games left in the season, this marks the healthiest the Cavs have been in a month.