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Mike Brown: ‘We had one guy compete the entire time he was on the floor’

Nov 21, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

Mike Brown

The Cavaliers and Wizards both had high hopes of making the playoffs entering the season. Shoot, they still have high hopes.

But after a 4-7 start by Cleveland and 3-7 start by Washington, these teams are right back to being viewed as also-rans by the rest of the league. The each might not view themselves that way, but opposing teams expect to beat the Cavaliers and Wizards.

That’s problematic when they play each other – especially as they still take themselves so seriously – because one is going to lose. And that loser is not going to take it well.

Wednesday, that loser was the Cavaliers, who fell 98-91.

Cleveland coach Mike Brown, via Jason Lloyd of the Beacon Journal:

“We didn’t compete. We had one guy compete the entire time he was on the floor — Matthew Dellavedova,” Brown said, adding later, “I’m going to find guys who are going to play hard.”

Dellavedova had a solid nine points on 3-of-6 shooting (all 3-point attempts), though probably doesn’t properly reflect his impact. He was an astounding +21 in 26 minutes during a seven-point loss that was only so close because of his effort.

The Cavaliers already trailed 21-9 when Dellavedova first entered the game, and he didn’t make much impact. But he re-entered late in the third quarter with Cleveland down 73-46 and stayed in the rest of the game, spearheading a comeback that got the Cavaliers as close as four.

Dellavedova, an undrafted rookie, rarely played in Cleveland’s first 10 games. But he got 31 minutes in a win over these same Wizards and then 27 minutes Wednesday. He’s definitely earned himself a spot in the rotation.

After singling out Dellavedova and then saying he’ll find players who will go hard, Brown owes him at least that.

  1. jamesk2465 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I think the Cavs are bout to start tuning this guy out. Hasn’t been the first game where there was no effort

  2. doc305 - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    It’s too bad that a team full of high draft picks needs to be pushed to play at a high level.
    Always nice to hear of an undrafted guy getting in a game and making an impact though.

  3. elcapitanfiscal - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I remember when mike Brown won coach of the year only cause lebron had a monster year for the Cavs. This guy cant coach! Waaaay overrated

  4. legend30 - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Cavs are still a lottery team. This team is a joke, they have like five top ten picks on their roster, yet they still suck. Where is Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters? Cleveland is cursed.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Anthony Bennett – 1st overall pick, 20 years old
      Andrew Bynum – 10th overall pick, 26 years old
      Earl Clark – 14th overall pick, 25 years old
      Kyrie Irving – 1st overall pick, 21 years old
      Tristan Thompson – 4th overall pick, 22 years old
      Dion Waiters – 4th overall pick, 21 years old
      Tyler Zeller – 17th overall pick, 23 years old

      They have a ton of talent yes but they’re also pretty young. You’d like to see them start to take the next step, but it’s not like this is an aging roster like Brooklyn with only a one or two year window.

      • legend30 - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        No excuses. Do you know how many young players produce early in their careers? Players don’t want to play in Cleveland. I feel bad for Kyrie Irving for the next five-years — he’s stucked with this terrible organization, I can’t wait to see him leave.

      • miamatt - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        You both make good points. Cleveland is young and even if this year ends up an epic fail it doesn’t mean they can’t improve going forward. That being said, I don’t trust the talent selection or development in that organization.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        I don’t disagree, I think with the amount of talent they’ve assembled they need to start taking the next step. You would think they would at least be able to muster a .500 record. But I also don’t think it’s the doom and gloom situation you’re presenting it as.

        I also agree with miamatt, they’ve made some questionable picks. We’ll see how they pan out.

  5. 00maltliquor - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    CLE will find their way. Same thing with NYK and BKN.

    We are only 3 weeks into this NBA season, people need to chill (looking at you, Dolan). Sure, there are some concerns, but what do you expect when teams keep constantly hiring new coaches and trading away and/or not re-signing key players. There is a learning and development period to be had by all.

    The way I see it, there is A LOT of parity in the NBA right now and it’s almost a close to even match every night. All it takes for the bottom 10 teams is to win a few games in a row and they are right in the mix with the top half of the NBA. Go check the overall standings.

    There are only 2 options when going in and competing every night. You win, or you lose. Someone has to win, someone has to lose. The way the NBA is right now, there are more clubs contending then usual and then under them are the teams that are just aiight. All those “aiight” teams are so close in talent to each other that it makes it really hard to predict the outcome of a W, going straight up let alone going against a spread. Then you got the bottom feeders, who are actually putting up a darn good fight.

    A panic button or a concern alert shouldn’t be pushed until at least a month and a half-2 months. Not in 3 weeks. Teams are still feeling themselves out this early in.

  6. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Lebron Manny Albert and Art Model couldn’t wait to get the hell away from there.Irving will be the next

  7. mrjackson777 - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Kyrie doesn’t like Mike B. Not felling him. Why? Because he’s asking him to do something no coached has ever asked, of him..D-UP!! When Mike asked LeBron to do it, no problem. LBJ WANTED to be the best and play defense. Kyrie..not so much. So what do you do if your star player isn’t buying into your system? You normally get fired. But Mike B has 5 year deal, and owner allready fired him once cuz the star didn’t like him, and he still lost the star. Will history repeat itself?

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