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Waiting For Next Year:
Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com beat writer Jason Lloyd wrote a very interesting piece on some internal criticisms of Cavaliers coach Byron Scott. The anonymous complaints really run the gamut; there’s the “run too hard of a practice session” complaint, the “team hasn’t played defense in three years” complaint, the “please use your time outs” complaints, the “why does Kyrie play only half of the fourth” complaint and finally, the rarely seen “give Tristan Thompson more push-shot opportunities” complaint.
The piece is all encompassing.
Most, if not all, of these seem pretty minor. I find it hard to believe that the fabled “Camp Scott” is really having an effect on their legs at this point in the season. And it’s telling that the veteran player quoted dismisses the “hard practices” stuff.
While I do feel that players like Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters have made strides under Scott, the concerns raised with regard to playing time and the use of time outs have been troubling. Also, it’s not good that after three seasons, the team still has no defensive identity.
That being said, I do think that Scott deserves a shot to coach a Cavalier team that both their full compliment of players and an organizational backing to make a playoff run. Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao keep getting hurt and his best players off the bench are Luke Walton a guy who was waived by the Wizards. That doesn’t explain some of the in-game decisions, but it sure can help explain the dismal record.
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CLEVELAND -- Byron Scott believes the Cavaliers can be a playoff team in 2013-14.
Really, he does.
Not this version of the Cavs, mind you. But Scott bases his thinking on the idea that his roster will resemble a pro basketball team and not just some sort of waiting list for the Cleveland Clinic.
First thing is, stay healthy, Scott said of the Cavs future, prior to Fridays 97-87...
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It’s never too late in the season for some good old rookie hazing. Some of the Cavs took a page out of the Nets’ book Saturday, filling rookie, Dion Waiters’, entire SUV with loads and loads of popcorn.
Byron Scott is a paternal figure. Wise and experienced, the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach tells stories fit for the campfire. He has won multiple championships in the City of Angels, partied with Jack Nicholson, and shared a locker room with Big Country. He appreciates the finer things, is an NBA historian, and oftentimes finds himself wondering just what makes today’s players...
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is almost finished his rookie season. The Cavalier veterans hazed Waiters earlier in the season when they forced him to carry around a pink doll and stroller.
His veteran teammates got him one more time recently when according to USA Today, they filled his brand new white SUV with popcorn.
Waiters reportedly was pissed, but took it all in stride.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to play after missing eight games with a strained left shoulder.
Irving will be active and is expected to play Sunday night against the Hornets. The 21-year-old has been sidelined since March 15, when he hurt his left shoulder in a collision against Toronto. The Cavs said their leading scorer will be...
Since today is April Fool's Day, plenty of people are playing pranks around the world and it appears that Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Dion Waiters was the unfortunate victim of one.Check out the below photo of Waiters attempting to get into his SUV that was filled with popcorn:(Courtesy of Beyond the Buzzer)
The Cavs had a pretty good first half. They lead 24-19 after the first quarter and held onto that lead for much of the first half. Tristan Thompson had seven points and Shaun Livingston had eight. But the Cavs failed to score over the final two minutes of the second quarter and Sixers closed the half on a 9-0 run, tying the game heading into halftime.
That run carried right over...
The Cavaliers said he'd be back if he could come back. Coach Byron Scott had indicated that the club had no intentions of holding their young point guard out of action if he was medically cleared to play. Well, he was medically cleared to play and available yesterday. So he played.Irving, in his return from a shoulder injury that could have cost him the season, scored 31...
Tweet Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who has been out with an injured shoulder, was back in the lineup Sunday for the first time since March 10. The Cavs fell to the New Orleans Hornets 112-92, but Irving picked up where he left off prior to missing eight games. Last season’s Rookie [...]
I’m not going to go back and have regrets on things after I see it. The only one I wish I would’ve used now if I could go back would be to call a timeout [before the final shot]. The biggest thing with doing that is you give them a chance to set up on defense, and sometimes just having that spontaneity, just letting guys go, is sometimes the best thing to do. But sometimes with...
After a strong start to a difficult home stretch, the New Orleans Hornets couldn't meet the challenge in their last two games.
Things aren't likely to be as tough in the finale Sunday night against the injury-plagued Cleveland Cavaliers, who are mired in their worst losing streak of the season.
The Hornets (25-48) lost to Golden State and beat Boston to open this season-high...
Well color me surprised. We might actually have some good news, Cavs fans. And we can thank Luke Walton. Sorta.
Kyrie Irving participated in practice on Saturday and although there was no official news on Irving’s left shoulder injury, the Plain Dealer’s Jodie Valade reports that Walton let slip that Irving could be back soon.
“I still believe that we’re all in this together...
A timeless tradition like no other. No, we aren’t talking about The Masters. We’re talking about the old popcorn in the car gag. Apparently the veterans decided it was time for Cavs rookie Dion Waiters to enjoy some tasty popped corn on Friday.
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