BOSTON — The vultures are circling Byron Scott.
The third-year coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers was at TD Garden on Friday, preparing to lead his injury-ravaged, last-place team against the Celtics. A day earlier, he had been asked to address his job status, and while he declined to defend his body of work, a quick glance at his win-loss record with the Cavs made it easy to understand why some might say Scott does not deserve a fourth year in Cleveland.
The Cavs are 62-160 under Scott, finishing no better than 13th in the Eastern Conference during his tenure. They are headed for another spring without playoffs and yet another high draft pick this season, and they entered Friday’s game losers of 10 straight. The Cliff’s notes version is not kind to Scott.
The book on Scott is very different, though, and without openly advocating for him to keep his job, it is difficult to declare that he deserves to lose it.
The next game Scott coaches with his full complement of players may well be...