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If Cleveland Cavaliers want to win, Dion Waiters needs to shoot less

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Many wondered if there would be enough shots to go around for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. They have plenty of stars and guys able to put up big numbers.

When you have LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, those questions will come up.

It's only the preseason, of course, but an odd ball-sharing issue has come up early this season.

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Waiters' role

Dion Waiters is shooting a ton and missing a ton, which Cavaliers coach David Blatt was then asked about, because Waiters has 54 shots through five preseason games.

"I don't think he should lead the team in shots,” Blatt said. “On the other hand I don't really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we'll look at it. It's something we really should look at it and we will."

What does Waiters think?

When Waiters was asked about all the shooting, he didn't give an impressive response.

That was even before 4 for 15 showing in a loss on Friday.

"I've been able to play my game,” Waiters said. “I've been able to attack when I want to, shoot when I want to shoot. So, nothing has really changed. We've been jelling well because everybody knows their roles. As long as we take care of what we need to take care of we'll be fine."

The “shoot when I want to shoot” part is the concern. Someone needs to inform Waiters that isn't how this is supposed to work. That person has to be Blatt.

Blatt's response

It wasn't a surprise to Blatt that he was asked about Waiters' errant shooting.

Other teams are aware too.

"I was thinking about that at halftime, actually," Blatt said.

"Remember that we didn't play with a full roster tonight and our normal rotation was not what it will be. The way that Dallas played led to a lot of open perimeter shots, which Dion is going to take because that's what he does.”

That's part of the reason that Dallas played the zone it did, tempting Cleveland to settle for an outside shot instead of doing what its star players are best at.

Opposing defenses will continue to do that and the Cavs will have to adjust.

"I told the guys after the game that Coach [Rick] Carlisle came in and played the old European zone against the old European coach and I didn't do a really good job,” Blatt said.

“We really weren't ready for that...We overshot the three as a result of that being the shot that we can take."

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