Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 4/15/13
CLEVELAND -- This has officially gotten old. The Cavaliers have to know that after their latest stinking loss, 96-95 to Miami on Monday at The Q. It came on Fan Appreciation Night, when Cavs fans do what they always do. They packed the building and went crazy in support of the home team -- then left disappointed. Oh, it should be noted the Heat didnt even play their best guys, as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and other key members rested. Instead, it was backup point guard Norris Cole who saved the day. Cole played at Cleveland State and stripped Kyrie Irving in the final seconds -- proving you dont always need James when it comes to former local athletes breaking the hearts of Clevelanders. But this game was actually beside the point. Things wouldnt have been much different if the Cavs had somehow escaped with a win. The issues are still there, and they appear to be swelling. And the fans deserve better. Its been three years since James left. The first two of suffering made sense. This always has been and always will be a players league. When the best player in the game bolts, youre gonna stink. Since then, Cavs general manager Chris Grant has freed cap space, compiled assets, landed young building blocks in Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. Thats all grand. But its no longer enough. To be fair, the Cavs had their share of injuries this season. To be fair, the Cavs are awful young and most of their key veterans (C.J. Miles, Mareese Speights, Shaun Livingston and Wayne Ellington) are in their first year with the team. To be fair, people who expected 30 wins this season really were kidding themselves. Well, thats where being fair ends. No one cares about that stuff anymore. Win some games. For gosh sakes, win some at home -- where the Cavs finished a miserable 14-27. For gosh sakes, finish somewhere other than last in the Central Division. And please, can we stop talking about lottery picks? Please? Cavs fans are different than those in cities such as Sacramento or Charlotte or our nations capital. Cavs fans treat every game as if its a new chance at something magical. Cavs fans are always willing to give their team a chance. They believe in this franchise and the direction in which its headed. Its high time for the Cavs to pay them back. Coaching matters Fans are clearly split on the status of coach Byron Scott. Some are for, some against, bringing Scott back for a fourth season. Both sides are plenty vocal. Within the past few days, sources around the league have told FOX Sports Ohio that Scott is about to be fired. The Cavs, however, have not commented on or off the record. Their final game is Wednesday at Charlotte, and any decision involving Scott is likely to be announced a day or two later. Those in support of Scott say he has had little to work with, particularly after injuries to Irving, Waiters and Anderson Varejao. That is true. Those against Scott point to the struggles on defense and blown leads. They too have a point. But what everyone needs to ask is, if the Cavs part ways with Scott well, then what? Who is better? Could someone else have gotten more out of this banged-up and inexperienced bunch? Will the Cavs actually make progress with an entirely new voice that brings an entirely new philosophy? Was Scott really the biggest issue? Perhaps we wont know the answers until the Cavs hire someone else (if they really do). But what if the Cavs are wrong? What if it Scott's not to blame? Then what? Ending the misery No matter what the Cavs decide with Scott, heres the bottom line: This has to end. They can't continue to be a nightmare in April. Grant has made some great moves and plucked some very nice talent out of the draft. It'd be hard to fault him in any of this. Honest. But the team hasnt displayed progress in terms of wins and losses. In that sense, no one is blameless. That includes beloved owner Dan Gilbert. And their isn't a fan in the building who wants to win more than that guy. So, should we crucify Gilbert, Grant and Scott? Hardly. Should they all be held accountable if this process doesnt play out on the court next season? Of course. Thats life in pro sports, kids. Losing gets old -- regardless of rebuilding plans, promising young talent or major decisions involving who coaches the team. That is where the Cavs are today. They have to know that, and they'd better get to work. Twitter: @SamAmicoFSO
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pete Carroll refutes report that Kam Chancellor will miss rest of season

Pete Carroll not ruling out possibility Kam Chancellor injury is career-ending

Top prospect Anfernee Simons may enter NBA Draft

Kam Chancellor will miss remainder of 2017 season with neck injury

It's all on Russell Wilson as injuries decimate Legion of Boom

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Simone Biles criticism leads to apology from Gabby Douglas

Lonzo Ball explains why he skipped Lakers-Suns fight

Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares early-career regrets

LaVar Ball downplays President Trump’s role in helping son

Philip Rivers cleared to play Sunday against Bills

Simone Biles blasts Gabby Douglas over response to sexual abuse post

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

The 'An I, Tonya for an eye (or knee)' quiz

Should the Broncos make Tyrod Taylor their next quarterback?

15 mid-majors you need to know before you hear about them in March

NCAA college football 2017 Week 12 predictions

NFL Week 11 predictions

Follow Ben Simmons as he leads us to the NBA's unknown future

The Saints flipped the script to revive their season

The 15 best and 15 worst MLB signings of the last decade

The 'It's a major award!' quiz

Vikings' unnecessary quarterback conundrum is Mike Zimmer's doing

Time to admit the Blues are good, but can they be great?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

15 mid-majors you need to know before you hear about them in March

The 'An I, Tonya for an eye (or knee)' quiz

Should the Broncos make Tyrod Taylor their next quarterback?

The 15 best and 15 worst MLB signings of the last decade

The 'It's a major award!' quiz

Follow Ben Simmons as he leads us to the NBA's unknown future

The Saints flipped the script to revive their season

NFL Week 11 predictions

NCAA college football 2017 Week 12 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker