Cavs coach Byron Scott didn't seem overly alarmed about the soft tissue infection in guard Daniel "Boobie" Gibson's neck that will force him to miss his fifth consecutive game tonight against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
After showering following practice in Independence Monday, Gibson told the Cavs his neck was still "a little stiff," Scott said, so the team elected to keep him home.
"We’re not real concerned right now," Scott said at Tuesday morning's shootaround. "After practice he felt a little discomfort, so we felt it wasn’t in his best interest to fly. We said, ‘Let’s stay at home, wait until we get back, see how you feel Wednesday morning and we’ll go from there.’ Hopefully it was just a very minor setback.
"We’ve got a stretch of home games coming up after tonight, so we feel pretty comfortable he’s going to be able to play pretty soon."
The Cavs will also be without guard Anthony Parker (strained lower back) and rookie forward Tristan Thompson (left ankle sprain). Parker will miss his fourth consecutive game, Thompson his third.
Asked if the Cavs were getting used to playing shorthanded, Scott said, "I don’t think you ever get used to it. It puts more pressure on guys because their roles are different, guys’ minutes go up. For the most part a lot of guys like that. I always talk about opportunity. ‘When you get that opportunity you’d better be ready to take advantage of it and you never know when it’s going to come.’"
Asked if he could activate himself, Scott joked, "I was thinking about it. Ten years ago, maybe. Now, no."
And what about Cavs' television analyst Austin Carr?
"Twenty years ago, maybe," Scott said.