Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown spoke to the media after the Wine & Gold lost by a score of 82-78 to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday evening. From my recap of the game:
For three and a half quarters of basketball, it looked as if the Cleveland Cavaliers were on their way to repeat performance of Tuesday’s loss against the Indiana Pacers. In those three and a half quarters, the game played out largely the same: the Indiana Pacers struggled from the field, the Cavaliers kept it close and, at the start of the fourth, the Pacers started to pull away, looking to blow out their division rival for the second time in a week.
But then Dion Waiters, on his bobble head night, woke up and got hot at the right time, pulling the Cavaliers within two with 20.4 seconds on the game clock. At the very least, the Cavaliers would be in a position to tie and play their fourth straight overtime game at Quicken Loans Arena.
Speaking on the state of his team, Brown was asked questions about Matthew Dellavedova, Dion Waiters and others as the Cavaliers looked to play without both Kyrie Irving and Jarrett Jack.
For me, the most interesting part of the press conference was where Brown discussed Dellavedova and how his teammates respond to him. Considering he’s a rookie and played mostly shooting guard thus far, it’s interesting that his teammates respond to him the way they do. It’s not exactly possible because of Jarrett Jack, but I’d like to see Dellavedova playing more minutes at point guard, running the offense. His long term value to the Cavaliers is as a back up point guard – not as a shooting guard.
Also of note: Brown admitted that Waiters got the ball at the end of the game in part due to his fourth quarter scoring burst.
View the video below, taken from my iPad.