Just as Daniel Gibson was arriving at practice, Anthony Parker was headed back to Cleveland.
Gibson participated in practice Thursday, but is unlikely to play Friday night at Utah or Saturday at Denver. But the Cavs allowed him to join them on the west coast trip because he was clamoring to get back with his teammates.
Parker, however, returned to Cleveland because his back just isn't progressing the way the team would like. He'll be evaluated again and continue treatment on the back, but said this week he has been frustrated by the lack of progress. Christian Eyenga likely won't play Friday or Saturday, either, after reinjuring his ankle in the loss to the Lakers.
Scott initially said Eyenga wouldn't play in Los Angeles, but walked out on the court and saw Eyenga dunking during pregame warmups. After conferring with trainer Max Benton, Scott put Eyenga in during the second half and he came down hard on his right foot, although the ankle didn't roll. Still, just as a precaution the Cavs took him out and won't play him this weekend.
As for the 55-point loss to the Lakers, the worst in team history, Mo Williams is still carrying it with him. He bought 15 tickets for the game and was so embarrassed by the team's performance, he didn't even meet his friends/family after the game. He just rode the bus back to the hotel.
Scott didn't mention the game during practice today, though. He said he didn't feel he had to, that he said enough after the game on Tuesday. The Cavs have a lot of young players. After such an awful performance, it will be interesting to see how they respond against the Jazz.
Asked how he thought they'd respond, Scott said "We'll see."
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