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Byron Scott rips his team, effort after loss 26 in a row

Feb 10, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

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In the games leading up to the Cavaliers record in futility — 25 consecutive losses in a row — there were a lot of things you could pick apart about the Cavs: The lack of guys who can create their own shot, the lack of rebounding, the poor execution, the non-existent interior defense, and so on and so on.

But you couldn’t question the effort. Certainly motivated by not wanting to be part of history, the Cavs played hard. That wasn’t enough, but the effort was there.

Until Wednesday. Cleveland laid an egg against a beatable Pistons team. Coach Byron Scott, for the first time in a long time, went off on his team, as reported by the Plain Dealer.

“I’m mad as hell because … I can deal with losing, especially when our guys play as hard as they have in the last couple weeks,” he said. “But I find it very hard to deal with when guys don’t come out ready to play.”

“I thought we took a gigantic step backwards and it was all because of lack of effort,” the coach said. “We had no sense of urgency whatsoever, and that kind of amazes me. When we’ve lost as many in a row as we lost and when you’ve been as close as we’ve been in the last four or five games and to be at home and come out the way we came out — that amazes me.”

Next up for the Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Clippers, who have been playing better of late — and are far, far more athletic up front than Cleveland — but are still a team the Cavs could  beat. Then Sunday is the “toilet bowl” — the 0-25 on the road Washington Wizards come to town. Circle your calendars for that. It promises to be, um, amazing. Maybe amazing like a car wreck, but amazing.

  1. teke184 - Feb 10, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Anyone else notice that this seems to be a trend during Byron’s first year on the job?

    This same type of collapse happened in New Orleans during the 2004-2005 season. While part of that can be laid at Baron Davis’ feet for whining his way out of town, the team had major personnel problems that year including at least one player who was part of a trade and refused to report yet got media sympathy because the Hornets were *just that bad* that season.

  2. dsims7 - Feb 10, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    As I was born in the Ohio Valley and I love Cleveland, I don’t care if they loose everything the remainder of the season. But it seems to me, and maybe I’m wrong, that we have a coach/Management problem?
    You spent all summer kissing Lebrons butt and you were betrayed he did not return your calls? Hint, if a girl does not call you back, she is not interested!!!! Did you spend anytime looking at other free agents to get these young guys some help and leadership? No! You have 7 guys with 3 years or less. Jaminson has 12 and has lost a step. Mo Williams has 7 years but not like he was ever a premier guard anyway.

  3. jimsjam33 - Feb 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    The Clippers are a team that Cleveland can beat ? Tell that to Blake Griffin etal who just gunned down the Knicks at MSG last night . Unless , LeBron James returns home to roost Friday night the Cav’s are toast. Now the Wizards …thats a different story .

  4. BC - Feb 10, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    When asked about his team’s execution, Scott replied that he was in favor of it.

  5. thestudiokida - Feb 10, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    If the Cavaliers lose to the Clippers on Friday, we are headed for a showdown Sunday in Cleveland. Wizards have lost 26 in a row on the road (0-25 this season) while Cleveland will have lost 27 in a row overall. Something has to give!!!

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