Links To The Present: February 14, 2011

February 14th, 2011 by Colin McGowan

“The Cleveland coach doesn’t understand how a team can come out so flat, time after time. He can’t explain the lack of heart or the lack of focus.” [Jodie Valade]

“I guess you will have to ask them that. As far as excuses, I hope that they do not have any excuses. Just tell the truth. The bottom line is that we played like you know what and we have to play better and it has to be a committed effort every single night. There has to be that sense of urgency every single night. Playing hard should not be a skill. That is your job to come out and play hard, as hard as you can for 48, minutes and I think tonight we did that for maybe 24 minutes and we are not good enough to do that for 24 minutes. If we do not give ourselves a chance by coming out and playing with a sense of urgency every single night, then we have no shot of winning games.” [Byron Scott on the Cavs’ excuses for Washington’s uncontested shots]

“It was a puzzling performance to say the least.  The Cavs were not competitive and the positivity from Friday evening quickly evaporated; the era of good feelings at The Q and in the locker room was a fleeting phenomenon.  It was another discouraging evening that reinforced just how terribly bad this team is and how far the franchise has fallen in a matter of months.” [Brendan Porath]

“Hickson has displayed a noticeably improved effort since moving back to the starting lineup, taking over the center position when Anderson Varejao was lost for the season with a ruptured right ankle tendon. He has eight double doubles in his last 12 games, and is averaging 16.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in that span.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

And here’s a sordid rendition of the alphabet, inspired by the Cavs’ 26-game losing streak.

On The Twitters

“Cavs fall 115-100. Wizards get first road victory. It’s obvious: Cleveland is built on an ancient Indian burial ground.” [Eric Knappenberger]

“After the trade deadline there should be no reason not to give significant minutes to anyone that is under 25 years old.” [realcavsfans]

“I don’t know if I can take 2 more years of eMo Williams. #NewNickname #Cavs” [Michael A. Young]