Coach Byron Scott elected to start veteran C.J. Miles over rookie Dion Waiters in the Cavaliers' first preseason game against Montepaschi Siena. Waiters did not enter the game until the middle of the second quarter.
"I just felt C.J. comes in with a little more experience, he's a guy who's played in a ton of games. He fits in well with what we're doing," Cavs coach Byron Scott said prior to tipoff at Quicken Loans Arena.
Miles played well, shooting 4-of-5 from the field for 10 points. Waiters was 3-of-6 and scored 11 points. Scott was encouraged. From NBA.com:
"For a first game, I think his debut was successful. Same thing with Tyler (Zeller). I thought both guys at the beginning were a little nervous and that's understandable. But I thought both of them calmed down and at the end of the day they had pretty good games for rookies. I think tomorrow they'll relax a little bit more and see how it goes."
On Tuesday, Cleveland will host the Milwaukee Bucks.