INDEPENDENCE: Given the benefit of hindsight, Cavs coach Byron Scott said Thursday he should've used one of the three remaining timeouts before the team's final possession during Wednesday's loss to the Boston Celtics.
Scott defended the move Wednesday night by saying he thought the Cavs would've ended up with the same shot they got, which was a good look from Shaun Livingston at the elbow inside the lane. Livingston simply missed the shot.
But with a night to reflect on it, Scott conceded this team might need more structure than it did when Kyrie Irving was healthy.
“The biggest thing (with calling a timeout) is you give them a chance to set up on defense, and sometimes just having that spontaneity, just letting guys go, is sometimes the best thing to do,” Scott said. “But sometimes with the group we have now, it might not be the best thing to do. That’s one of the things I probably learned (Wednesday) night. We get in that situation (tonight) or any other game, maybe I’ll just go ahead and burn that one and set up something, especially for that person to try to get a better shot.”
With Irving, Scott often gave him the ball in late-game situations and told him to go make a play. Now with both Irving and Dion Waiters sidelined, he no longer has that luxury. The Cavs don't have anyone to take over games late, which is part of the reason they ended Wednesday's game 1 of 8 shooting with three turnovers and no assists in the game's final 5:49.
"When a superstar on the team goes down, you want to step up your game. There are ways to do it that's successful and that's doing it as a unit," Luke Walton said. "When players that aren't superstars try to step up and fill the shoes of Kyrie, and do it by themselves, all that does is hurt the team."