|2010-11 Team Rating|
|30th Overall||29th Overall|
Stats through games of Jan. 15
J.J. Hickson has gone from being an untouchable to unmotivated, Antawn Jamison is foundering and Anderson Varejao has been lost for the season.
Mo Williams is shooting 39 percent from the field, Daniel Gibson 41 percent and nobody is leading.
Playing good defense takes commitment and there doesn't seem to be any of that from a roster full of players who are searching for a way off the sinking ship.
Even before he was injured, the Cavs lost Varejao's spark off the bench because he had to start. It's a revolving door of suspects who move up and down the rotation.
If you're going to question any of Byron Scott's decisions, you'd start with picking Cleveland before LeBron made his decision. Driven, committed and going nowhere.
It was going to be such a nice, heartwarming, inspirational story with a bunch of guys left behind in LeBron James' dust fighting and scrapping their way to respectability. And it worked -- for all of about a month.
Then LeBron returned to Quicken Loans on Dec. 2 and not only danced on the Cavaliers' heads, but broke their spirit. They have not been the same team since then, often just mailing it in and looking like they would rather be any place in the world except out on the court. They rank last in the NBA in offense and 29th in defense.
Whatever fire they had left was extinguished when Anderson Varejao suffered a season-ending injury in December. Now Byron Scott is trying to pick up the pieces of a team that nothing seems to motivate. Nobody expected the Cavs to be a playoff team, but they're losing just about every game by double figures. You'd say they're left playing for pride, except there doesn't seem to be any.
-- Fran Blinebury
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