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Waiters will miss at least a week, surgery possible

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 19, 2013
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Dion Waiters will miss at least a week with loose cartilage in his knee. Surgery is also an option. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDEPENDENCE: Dion Waiters will miss at least a week with loose cartilage in his left knee. He will rest and receive treatment on the knee and an arthroscopic procedure to clean out the knee hasn't been ruled out.

It's another crushing blow for a team already without its top two players in Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao, and now the defending champion Miami Heat are coming to town riding a 23-game winning streak.

Coach Byron Scott said Tuesday the Cavs will have to sign another player in the interim. They already have an open roster spot.

Waiters said the knee has been bothering him the last few games. He played the first quarter of Monday's loss to the Indiana Pacers, then was shut down. If he is determined to need a knee scope, his season could be finished.

Wayne Ellington will start at shooting guard and will share the backup point guard duties with Daniel Gibson, at least until the Cavs make a roster move. 

The Cavs have come close to beating the Heat twice before in Miami -- including once during this winning streak -- but Waiters and Irving both played in the game a couple of weeks ago. They will be without their top three leading scorers on Wednesday.

"Anything can happen," Scott said. "Just like boxers. James Buster Douglas against Mike Tyson. Nobody in the world thought it would happen."

A Cavs victory over the Heat, the way they are playing right now, might be on that same level. Scott anointed LeBron James the league MVP and said the Heat will be difficult for anyone to beat in the postseason.

"The way they're playing right now, it's going to be tough. But I think there's a couple teams in the Western Conference who feel they've got a pretty good shot," Scott said. "But right now, the way they're playing, I don't know if anyone can beat them, especially in a seven-game series."

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