Cavs' Waiters out against Pelicans

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters will not play against New Orleans because of a bruised lower back.

Waiters was injured Friday night when he got shoved by Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur as he went in for a layup. Arthur was charged with a flagrant foul, ejected and suspended by the NBA one game without pay for the incident. Waiters scored a season-high 17 points in Cleveland's win.

It's not known how long Waiters will be sidelined.

Waiters began the season in Cleveland's starting lineup. But he moved to the second unit by first-year coach David Blatt, who needed more scoring from his bench. Waiters averaged 15.9 points coming off the bench last season.

Waiters is averaging 9.4 points for the Cavs, who are playing just their second home game Monday night following a four-game road trip.

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