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Thursday, April 10, 2008

'No rhyme or reason'

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When I asked Cavs coach Mike Brown why he decided to play Sasha Pavlovic for the first time in five games, he replied, "There's no rhyme or reason."
Well, the same can be said about his rotations. Sometimes (often times?) they just don't add up. Yes, Brown needed to play Daniel "Boobie" Gibson to get him up to snuff. He was playing 20-some minutes in the last few games and not really getting the job done. But it paid off on Wednesday against New Jersey, when Gibson had 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
He's needed for this team to get where it needs to go.
But why Damon Jones hasn't been playing just doesn't make sense. Inevitably, Brown will come back to Jones. He did it in the playoffs two years ago against Washington, when Jones' big shot closed out the series. He deserves to be playing, even though Brown must find minutes for Gibson and Wally Szczerbiak.
It's going to be practically impossible to also find minutes for Pavlovic. After all, there are only so many minutes to split among X-number of players. And, no matter what Brown does, he'll be questioned by fans and the media. He's got to go with his gut and worry about the consequences later.


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