I have had an opportunity to sit and ponder for a few days. George Mason University is one of the last schools in my area to go back to school so I have had a lot of time to myself. And with that time, I’ve done a lot of searching to find the answer to the massacre that was a Cleveland Cavaliers game on Tuesday night.
Byron Scott and his band of Wine & Gold are now losers of 21 out of their last 22 games. They go through stages during which they play a competitive brand of basketball. And then, as was the case on Tuesday night, they go through stages in which they take the floor with no competitive fire whatsoever. And it’s frustrating.
No professional sports team should ever be beaten the way Cleveland was beaten by the defending champs. I’ve seen junior varsity teams score more than 57 points in a game. I do realize that there is a very real chance that this Cavaliers team will wind up with a lottery pick in this year’s draft but there is absolutely no excuse for competing – or not competing – the way the Cavaliers did on Tuesday.
To be fair, though, the Cavs are without two of the most impactful players on their roster. Anderson Varejao will likely be out for the remainder of the season. And Daniel Gibson is still recovering from an ankle sprain he suffered before the road trip. Unfortunately for him, he showed up in LA just in time to see that miserable performance by an uninspired team.
I am with Antawn Jamison on this one: I’m not sure how much more of this I can take. I cannot stand watching these guys go out there and get demolished night in and night out due to the simple fact that they don’t want to compete. The veterans don’t play a lick of defense anymore; they seem to be too concentrated on putting up decent offensive numbers so that they may be shipped to a contender around the trade deadline. Where I don’t agree with Jamison is in the fact that he has had one foot out the door since the season started. It is incredible disrespectful to the fans and to the franchise. It is time for him to go. And JJ Hickson might as well follow him out.
I’m not even sure what else to say anymore. What was a promising season about 7 weeks ago – with the Cavaliers sitting at 8-9 – looks to be a disaster in the making. Unfortunately, this time there is no LeBron James one the market to save our franchise. This is going to be a long climb back to the top, Cavs fans.