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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Game 82: Cavs at Bobcats

Time Warner Cable Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: This is likely Coach Byron Scott's final game with the Cavs.

Various media outlets are reporting that he could be fired at a press conference on Thursday morning. I have heard whispers, but I have not confirmed that, as of yet.

It didn't help Scott's cause that his team lost to the lowly Bobcats. The Cavs had a six-game winning streak snapped to the Bobcats.

The Cavs lost the last six games of the season, as well as 16 of the last 18.

This dreadful season is over. The players will clean out their lockers at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Then the players disperse to parts unknown.

Many of them won't be back. Good riddance to that. They need to upgrade this roster in a big way.

If by some chance Scott remains, some changes will need to be made on the coaching staff.

The Cavs fell behind the Bobcats by 24 points on Wednesday. It was uphill from there. They came back and took a one-point lead in the fourth after a layup by Dion Waiters. But they couldn't enough stops.

The Bobcats shot 50.7 perccent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line. Guard Kemba Walker scored 24 points on the night.

Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving also recorded 24 points and dished out a game-high 10 assists. Waiters added 16 off the bench - a role that could be his forte when it's all said and done.

The best thing that came out of the night was the fact the Lakers made the playoffs in the Western Conference. Heading into the draft lottery, the Cavs will have the third pick, as well as the Lakers' selection (as low as No. 20) and two very high second-round picks.

LAST GAME: The Cavs lost to Miami on Monday, 96-95.

UP NEXT: The NBA draft lottery on May 21. 

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6-7, 232)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Josh McRoberts (6-10, 240)
C Tyler Zeller (7-0, 250) vs. Bismack Biyombo (6-9, 245)
SG Wayne Ellington (6-4, 200) vs. Gerald Henderson (6-5, 215)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Kemba Walker (6-1, 184)
Cavs - C Anderson Varejao, F Luke Walton
Bobcats - C DeSagana Diop, C Brendan Haywood, G Ramon Sessions
Dick Bavetta, Kane Fitzgerald, Haywoode Workman


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