Coach Byron Scott said the Cavaliers played like they were scared Friday night when the Miami Heat dominated his Cleveland Cavaliers. Scott wasn’t happy with the efforts his young team put fourth. The Cavs were missing guys like Anderson Varejao who fights for every rebound he can get on both ends of the court. Daniel (Booby) Gibson was out with a ankle sprain and Anthony Parker is still M.I.A. with back problems.
The Cavaliers didn’t looked scared of anything the night the team handed a defeat to the World Championship Dallas Mavericks and they played well against the Heat on two other occasions this season. One has to wonder if LeBron James used the game Friday night to prove a point to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. After all Gilbert hasn’t spoken to James since the “Decision”. Having James grandstand to the Cleveland Media the day before the game certainly helped his cause Friday night. The Cleveland fans undoubtedly would think James could help the Cavs with performances like he had against his former team.
One problem the Cleveland Cavaliers have had all season thus far, is getting their energy level up for all 48 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been a second half team. One in a while they have came out smokin when they do this team has been UN-stoppable.
Byron Scott’s Cavs have had a day to get over their fear, when they take the floor tonight I think we are going to see a much different team than we saw against the Heat on Friday night. With the injuries the Cavs have had I wonder why Scott hasn’t called Manny Harris back up from Canton. Harris could certainly help Cleveland offensively, he put up 46 points in Canton on Friday.
Tonight I look for the Cavaliers to come out and get off to an early start and continue to play hard for the 48 minutes. If they don’t Byron Scott is not going to be happy. Scott doesn’t take kindly to a team that doesn’t give one hundred percent effort. The Cavaliers at (11-17) should be able to gain another victory against the Sacramento who come into tonight’s game at (10-20). Lets hope the Cavaliers are over their fear.
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