“Six weeks ago, Cleveland was 9-31, staring at a half-season without Anderson Varejao, their second-best player, and facing questions about whether they’d fatally blown two straight top-five picks on Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. They looked like a lock to make a serious run at “earning” the most Ping-Pong balls in the draft lottery.
Whoops.” [Zach Lowe – Grantland]
“Assuming the first pick will fall somewhere in the top five and the second around Nos. 16-20, we can start to take a look at the most likely draft prospects for the Cavs at each selection.” [Greg Swartz – B/R Slideshow]
“On Monday, he made it out of bed. “That’s a victory for me,” he said. “It was a rough day.” He said teammate Dion Waiters has the same ailment he had. Waiters also missed Monday’s game and wasn’t at practice on Tuesday. He’s listed as questionable for the Utah Jazz at 7 Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.” [Bob Finnan – The Morning Journal]
[Update] Waiters and Gibson out with flu tonight.
“The Cavs development path often gets compared to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Whether this makes sense is another question entirely, but for the record, I don’t think it does. Kevin Durant’s and Russell Westbrook’s and James Harden’s don’t grow on trees. But because this is Kyrie Irving’s second year, let’s take a look a look at the jump OKC made from year two of Durant, to year three.” [David Zavac – FeartheSword]
“When the Cavs execute Scott’s strategy, they’re an exciting team with a big upside. Perhaps even more important than that is the fact individual players have made strides under Scott. Just compare Thompson and Waiters now to what they were at the beginning of the year. Cavs fans who have issues with Scott need to ask themselves a question. Namely, will Kyrie get along with another coach as well as he does with his current one? Irving really likes being a Cavalier, and Scott is a big reason why.” [Sam Amico – FoxSportsOhio]