Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - The Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves in a precarious situation this week and are asking themselves a critical question.
Deal or no deal?
General manager Chris Grant has until Thursday at 3 p.m. to make that decision.
Entering Sunday’s game with Houston, the Cavaliers find themselves 15-23 but one game out of the 8th playoff seed in the loss column.
After slipping a season worst 10-games below .500 with a 109-100 loss to the Utah Jazz March 5th, the Cavaliers have given themselves new life with road wins at Denver and Oklahoma City last week.
“Last week everybody said ‘yeah we’re done, we’ve got no chance let’s get ready for next year,’” Scott said. “I said if you win three or four straight, you’re right back in it. If you love five you go down four or five games but I seem to look (at the standings) all of the time because I know the teams that are in front of us. I know what they are doing.
“We have a golden opportunity if we can get a nice streak going ourselves but as I told my coaches on the way home from Oklahoma City, if we come home and blow these two games those road wins don’t mean anything.”
The outcomes of the next three games – Houston and Toronto at home, then Wednesday at Milwaukee – could determine what Grant and the Cavaliers decide to do.
Who will be on the team for next Sunday afternoon’s game with Atlanta is up in the air and something that Scott admits he’s trying not to think about.
“I don’t know,” Scott said. “CG and I haven’t talked about that. His job is to find us guys that are going to make us a better basketball team. My job is to coach them. That’s what I’m doing right now and I’m sure that’s exactly what he’s doing trying to find guys that are going to make us better either this year or next year.”
Ramon Sessions is the lead candidate to get moved this week to a contender because he would bring the most in return.
“He’s been in the league only a short period of time but he’s been through a whole lot,” Scott said. “I don’t think there’s a whole lot that phases him right now. He’s seen a whole lot in the NBA so he takes the right attitude as far as just coming out an playing and whatever happens, happens and that’s how you have to look at it.
“He’s a Cavalier right now and from day one he’s played great and been the one guy on the second unit that’s been the most consistent.”
Sessions is averaging 10.4 points and 5.4 assists per game this season for the Cavaliers. As a result Scott would hate to see Sessions traded but he also understands the business of basketball and the big picture that Grant has to look at.
“I would love for him to be here,” Scott said. “I know he has an option for next year but I don’t worry about next year. I can’t worry about next year right now. I’m worried about this year and right now I think he’s playing fantastic basketball for us.”
The other thought that Scott has tried to avoid – what if Sessions does get traded?
“I’m not going to say that I don’t think about that,” Scott said. “When I think about OK ‘if Sessions isn’t here what are you going to do? I go damn I have no idea.’ That’s how well he’s playing.
“That means that either Kyrie has to play 40 plus minutes or you’ve got to find somebody but right now I try not to think about it as much as possible.”
Scott won’t be able to avoid the thoughts much longer.
Playing without Sessions could be reality Thursday night.