CLEVELAND: Seth Curry’s 10-day contract with the Cavaliers expired Sunday and he will not be retained, a league source said. The Cavs now have an open roster spot again with two weeks left in the regular season.
Curry, the younger brother of Warriors All-Star point guard Steph, appeared in one game for the Cavs, scoring three points and grabbing two steals in nine minutes against the Houston Rockets. He didn’t get off the bench in any of the Cavs’ five most recent games.
Andrew Bynum did not make the trip for Sunday’s game against the Cavs. Bynum has now missed the Pacers’ last seven games with a sore right knee, but coach Frank Vogel is hopeful he can return within a week and has already seen enough of him to know he can help.
Bynum has only appeared in two games for the Pacers, but had 15 points and nine rebounds in his last appearance.
“We saw he’s a heck of a basketball player,” Vogel said. “Not just a big man, but a really talented, physical presence. We’re looking forward to getting him back.”
In a February interview with the Indianapolis Star, Bynum was critical of Mike Brown’s system.
“It’s kinda like, if I send you to the grocery store and I give you three choices for peanut butter, you’ll probably pick one easily,” Bynum said. “But if I give you 25 choices, you might stand there for half an hour. Having it be too detailed may not always be the right thing.”
No matter how hard they tried, Bynum never really fit in the Cavs’ system. The guards struggled playing through the post and Bynum grew frustrated with both the losing and his lack of involvement, telling the Star he misbehaved at practice because “it was over.”
The Cavs privately believe all the hours and games they spent trying to incorporate Bynum into the system played a large part in this team’s early-season struggles. They finally excused him from the team near the end of December, traded him for Luol Deng in early January and have gone 18-22 since Deng’s arrival.
“Anytime something doesn’t work out, you’re disappointed,” Brown said. “Not just that specifically. You want every move you make to work out. Sometimes it doesn’t, and when it doesn’t you have to move on in the next best way you can.”
Despite blasting Matthew Dellavedova in the chest Sunday with an elbow, earning a flagrant foul, Brown is a big fan of the way David West plays.
Brown wanted to make sure the officials saw the elbow because he was afraid if it went unseen, things could’ve escalated later in the game. The officials reviewed the play and assessed West with a flagrant-1 foul, his second flagrant this season. But Brown still loves his style.
“I don’t look at them as a dirty team,” Brown said of the Pacers. “Indiana is a physical team that knows how to play and win. They do the little things that get under your skin. David West, anyone would love to have him on their team. He’s a tough, crusty son of a gun. The stuff he does, anybody can use that.”
The Pacers, however, are fading at the worst possible time.
They’ve failed to score even 80 points in four of their last five games and shot just 37 percent against the Cavs.
Their lead for the top spot in the East is down to one game, meaning if the Cavs could slip into the playoffs, there remains the possibility of facing the Miami Heat in the opening round.
“We’ve done what you do,” West said. “We’ve had team meetings. We’ve had players-only meetings. We’ve had players and the coaches [meetings]. We’re kind of looking for answers right now.”
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