Did Byron save his job or is he gone? @BespokeMan42
I don’t necessarily believe one win is going to save his job, but I’m quite certain if the Cavs ended the season by losing their last 18 games, he had little chance of keeping it.
I don’t believe a final decision on Scott’s fate has been rendered, but certainly a few more wins to close the season could help bolster his case to stay.
Why is there pressure on Scott now? What’s changed? @_Believeland
The biggest reason is because of what hasn’t changed — the defense. The Cavs have been atrocious defensively the past three years and have shown few signs of improvement. It has gotten so bad that Byron Scott has gone to a little-used zone defense for the final few games, which illustrates a coach out of ideas.
In order for Scott to keep his job, he’ll have to convince management and ownership the Cavs will make drastic improvements on defense next season.
Do you think Tristan will be one of the leaders of this team next season? @sadleybrilman
Is Thompson the next Tim Duncan? @clesports216
Let’s not get carried away. Tristan Thompson will likely never be in the same conversation as Duncan, one of the most fundamentally sound and dominant forwards to ever play the game. But Thompson is emerging as a leader of this team for how he carries himself on and off the court.
Thompson quietly impressed members of the organization for the way he stood up and defended Byron Scott, then backed it up with a sensational performance Friday night in his best game as a pro.
It’s terrific when your best player is also your best leader, but that’s not always the case. It might not be the case with the Cavs, since Thompson is ahead of Kyrie Irving — at least in leadership skills off the court.