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– Kyrie Irving didn’t exactly take a bullet for Byron Scott when asked about the coach’s future with Cavs. Instead, he declined to speculate at all. He sounded decidedly unenthusiastic, which is in direct contrast to Tristan Thompson’s passionate defense of his coach. What worries me is not Kyrie’s dispassionate response- I don’t like Scott much, either. The greater worry is the clear difference in Tristan and Kyrie’s opinions. A locker-room split could mean real trouble.

– Chad Ford has the Cavs drafting Otto Porter 4th in his first mock draft. That would be great. A 6’8″, lockdown defensive player who provides off-ball scoring? Count me in.

– Kyrie is currently undergoing perhaps the worst shooting slump of his career. Here’s a nice piece on the slump, and its possible causes.

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Steve
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Steve
5 years 8 months ago

I know this isn’t a prospect thread, but with Ford’s link – he calls Porter a jack-of-all-trades, isn’t that exactly the opposite of what this team needs? If we’re not getting another all-star, and I don’t think Porter is one, we need guys who can specialize in certain areas. Now, I know Porter can shoot some, and was a solid defender. But we need a bonafide floor spacer and a lockdown defender. Porter’s ability in the other aspects of the game are nice, but won’t be that useful to this team.

Cody
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Cody
5 years 8 months ago

np Dani – was only joking.

Dani Socher
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Dani Socher
5 years 8 months ago

Just put up the recap, Cody- sorry its late

Cody
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Cody
5 years 8 months ago

Game recap not out yet? It must be an epic after this one.

Dani – nice job on bringing a little culture to the blog.

Kevin Fay, AkronSportsNOW.com, @Cavsbeat
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My biggest concern with the cavs falling further back is the ease of their schedule remaining. DET and CHA are very winnable games. PHI is a game they could easily steal too. I expect NYK to take them to pieces on Friday, but MIA the following week is a different story, as there is a legitimate nearly the entirity of MIA’s starters do not play in that game. Cavs have a good week and that’s 4-1, finishing up with 28 wins. Personally expecting them to top off at 26 though, so 1-2 wins from those three teams would ensure the 4th slot heading into the lottery.

funky cold
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funky cold
5 years 8 months ago

Oladipo… he could play with the professor and tip for 20 minutes a night with alternating combos for more minutes.

Luis
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Luis
5 years 8 months ago

Coach Scott has no control on how the refs decide to call the game. The free throw disparity was amazing and so was that charge call on Kyrie when the defenders foot was CLEARLY over the line. Yea, I blame coach Scott for all that too……

RickOH
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RickOH
5 years 8 months ago

We were up by 20 to start the 4th and ended up losing?? Really!?!?!?

Rich
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Rich
5 years 8 months ago

What were the questionable in game decisions tonight? Not give the refs enough money to call the game even in the fourth? I mean, people, let’s find legitimate things to blame the man for.

Cory Hughey
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5 years 8 months ago

The Cavs have nothing to worry about with the 6-8 zone. 4th or 5th worst seems like the most likely scenarios.

Kevin Fay, AkronSportsNOW.com, @Cavsbeat
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Wow. Thanks for linking the Kyrie piece tonight. Great to see our stuff getting out there. Love the Porter pick at 4, but a possible strong finish by the team to save Coach Scott’s job could drop us back to the 6-8 slot rather easily. Thoughts on the rapidly-aging Shabazz Muhammad there as a solid scoring compliment with good length. His D worries me however. Hopefully the three teams 2ish games ahead of us each win another one or two more and keep us below them.

zeek
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zeek
5 years 8 months ago

Kyrie didn’t look happy to lose this game. Don’t tell me he was out there tanking.

Dani Socher
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Dani Socher
5 years 8 months ago

Cols, you can’t tell me that Byron Scott tried to lose this game. If so, he is amazing and also pays the referees.

Cols714
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Cols714
5 years 8 months ago

Nope
This is exactly how the season needed to play out. Show improvement, play hard, but lose enough to get a high draft pick.

It’s worked out perfectly. Quit complaining.

Dani Socher
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Dani Socher
5 years 8 months ago

This game is a perfect example of why Scott should be fired.

zeek
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zeek
5 years 8 months ago

Up 84-64 to start the 4th. How in the world do we let this debacle happen?

I love how the development of Tristan Thompson has gone. Beyond that? I don’t see a reason to keep Byron Scott around. He makes tons of questionable in game decisions.

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