Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Head coach Byron Scott unleashed his frustrations following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 91-78 loss to the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, saying everybody in his team stunk except forward Anderson Varejao.
Scott, who saw his Cavaliers taste defeat for the 10th time in 11 games, believes his team don’t play as harder as Varejao, who recorded a team-high 20 points and 18 rebounds in a loss.
“I’ll make just a real quick statement — Andy Varejao was fantastic,” Scott said after the loss. “Everybody else stunk tonight. Anything else you need to know?”
The Cavs were just trailing by five points, 32-37, at the end of the first half but the Suns ripped the game apart with a 14-0 blast at the end of the third quarter. Cleveland never recovered after that huge Suns’ rally as their record fell to 3-12.
The Cavaliers enter the season as one of teams-to-watch largely because of a solid rookie year of Kyrie Irving. However, the reigning Rookie of the Year winner missed the last five games and his return remains uncertain due to a broken left index.
Backup guard Daniel Gibson also skipped the last three games with a sore right elbow while rookie Dion Waiters is nursing a bruised left hand.
Still, Scott insisted an undermanned team was not an excuse for playing soft and not hustling for loose balls.
“Nope. I didn’t think our energy level was up to start the game. Andy’s energy’s level was up and Alonzo Gee got after it defensively, but after that, nothing,” said Scott.