One of the biggest moments in Dion Waiters' rookie season got overshadowed by the Cavaliers' home loss to the Clippers on Friday night.

Just after tipoff, Waiters was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February, his first such honor this season. Saturday, he said all the right things about his teammates and the improvement of the team.

"I wasn't really worrying about individual awards," he said. Then he grinned and added, "I mean, it's cool, though."

Waiters played 12 games in February and averaged 15.8 points on 51.4 percent shooting, 2.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 28.2 minutes a game. The Cavs went 7-5. During the month, he ranked first in scoring and assists, second in steals and field goal percentage and third in minutes among Eastern Conference rookies with a minimum of 10 games played.

Waiters scored 20 or more points in four of 12 games (tied among Eastern rookies) and shot at least 50 percent from the field seven times, including six games with at least 60 percent shooting. He finished the month strong, surpassing 20 points in his last three games.