In the midst of this record breaking losing streak by the Cleveland Cavaliers, head coach Byron Scott has been relatively calm. Scott took the Cleveland job hoping to have LeBron James in the fold, but once that ship sailed, he knew the season would be rough one. So Scott has quietly watched his players earn 26 straight L’s over the span of a couple of months, hoping that his players were learning something.
Well, if last night’s loss to the Detroit Pistons, a game they were favored to win, is an indication of anything, the only thing that they have learned is that they don’t remember how to play hard. And that Byron Scott will get pissed when they don’t remember how to play hard.
The performance was so bad that coach Byron Scott threw a fit at halftime and another one after the game, when he kept the locker room closed for 30 minutes.
But, frankly, he is at a loss to explain what is happening.
“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.”
It amazes me that Scott is so amazed. But it’s about time that he actually started to expect something out of this team.