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Dion Waiters Steps Up to Lead Cleveland Cavaliers Past Chicago Bulls 86-83: Fan’s Reaction

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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls by the score of 86-83 on Friday, October 12. With the win the Cavaliers improve to 2-1 on the preseason while the Bulls fall to 1-1. Cleveland will return home on Saturday to face off against the Washington Wizards as the preseason continues.

Dion Waiters steps up

Dion Waiters had his best performance in a Cavaliers' uniform on Friday night scoring 18 points with a rebound and three assists. He was an impressive 7-12 from the field including a perfect 4-4 from three-point range.

After getting benched against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night for what was deemed as "lack of focus," Waiters proved there was a reason he was chosen so highly with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft.

While a single strong performance does not erase some of the difficulties he has faced, it is certainly a promising turnaround for a young player with very high expectations.

No action from bubble players

With three additional cuts necessary to get the roster to 15 before the start of the season, it was quite surprising to see some of "bubble" players not leaving the bench against a talented opponent such as the Bulls. Kevin Jones, Michael Eric, and Jeremy Pargo have seen very little action this preseason while Kalenna Azubuike and Jon Leuer have shined. None saw any floor time during the matchup.

Perhaps they were being saved for Saturday's matchup against the Wizards. Washington certainly is less of a challenge in terms of overall talent on the roster. Many of the players fighting for a roster spot deserve a fair shot while the veterans could use the additional practice against a talented opponent.

First half domination leads to third quarter meltdown

Cleveland dominated Chicago 50-29 at the end of the first half. If one didn't know any better it would appear LeBron James never left for the Miami Heat and was still tearing up the court in Cleveland.

Unfortunately that monster lead came crashing down as Chicago began the third period with a 15-0 run. Chicago outscored the Cavaliers 32-13 in the quarter and by the end of the period the scoreboard read 63-61 in favor of the Cavaliers. Luckily Cleveland maintained the lead and came out victorious in the end.

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Paul Rados is an avid Cleveland Cavaliers fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados.

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