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NBA / Dec 9, 2010 / 3:30 pm

Cavaliers have one week to impress Byron Scott

Antawn Jamison (photo. Cleveland Pain-Dealer)

One week ago, the NBA’s most endearing underdogs ran into a 6-8, 260-pound brick wall wearing a headband.

Before last Thursday’s meeting with LeBron James and his Miami Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers were 7-10. Today, the Cavs are 7-15. They haven’t cracked triple-digits on the scoreboard since Nov. 26. They’ve lost six games in a row, and only one of those by a single-digit margin. The Cavs who showed up on national TV last week were a team that didn’t have enough scorers, didn’t have enough shooters, didn’t know how to play defense, and more importantly, didn’t seem to care one way or the other.

So head coach Byron Scott is making changes.

In last night’s loss to the Bulls — the one game recently where Cleveland didn’t get blown out — Scott changed his starting lineup, inserting Antawn Jamison and Daniel Gibson while sending Joey Graham and J.J. Hickson to the bench. The new lineup features Anthony Parker, a natural two-guard, at small forward, and a small backcourt of Gibson and Mo Williams. Hickson, viewed as the team’s best young building block, played less than 10 minutes.

“When you lose some games like we’ve lost, guys start getting down,” Scott told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “And everybody in this league is looking to kick you when you’re down. We have to understand that right now as a team and we have to kind of stick your chest out, hold your head up, say a couple words that I can’t say right now and just go out and compete and battle. If you lose then, you can live with it. But you’ve got to say enough is enough.”

Scott said he’ll give the new starting five about one week to impress him. “And if that’s not working, we’ll change it up again,” he added.

The Cavs play at Houston on Saturday, at Oklahoma City on Sunday, and at Miami where they’ll face LeBron again next Wednesday.

What do you think of Cleveland’s new lineup?

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  • Dagger

    Not nearly enough talent to win consistently, no matter how you juggle the lineups. Benching Hickson is a poor move because he needs playing time to improve, and he’s the only legitimate young talent on the team. Looking back, it’s a miracle they won over 120 games the past two seasons.

  • Sporty-j

    I think its safe to say that BYRON will be leaving LEAVELAND if the right coaching jobs come available. The only question is will he fill the rath of DAN GILBERT once he leaves???

  • egypt

    @dagger…. I wonder what that miracle was…

  • south akron

    This team is going downhill fast. They showed some life last night, but they still can’t stop any pgs. DRose isnt just any pg but they needed to stop him one time at the end of the game and couldn’t do it. Boobie missed a tough shot for the win. Bummer.

    Manny Harris needs more PT. He is raw but has potential.

  • Zippy

    I like the quick back court of Booby and MO, but I think you still need to find a way to keep Hickson in the line up.

  • nizzio

    B-Scott should leave and join the Lakers next season

  • billbone

    manny harris

  • ScoGo

    Byron Scott’s coaching about 7 Cavaliers who would be candidates for 7th man of the year if they were on other teams (and if they gave out 7th man of the year honors). I doubt that ANY of the 7 starters/former starters (Jamison, Boobie, Mo, Side-Show, Parker, JJ & Joey) would start for the Lakers or Celtics and might be even deeper than 7th in the rotation. The fact that Scott has them at 7-15 is amazing.

  • the truth

    co-signed above…guess we’re seeing now how much lebron does make his teammates better