Reporting Daryl Ruiter
INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers can’t get any respect.
At least from officials.
Head coach Byron Scott not only knows it, he understands it.
“Referees are not going to give us a lot of calls, period,” Scott said. “I told our guys that before the season even started. So don’t cry about it just keep playing. The only way we’re going to get their respect is just by playing hard every single night. But we don’t want to be crying about it every night either.
“We know we’re getting hammered a lot and we’re not getting calls but at the end of the day we look at the stats and we’re right there either even or more free throws attempted than our opponent. So we can’t cry about it too much.”
While the whistles haven’t gone the Cavs way for much of the season, Scott has made it a point to keep his cool.
“My problem is, when I get a tech I kind of go overboard,” Scott said. “So it kind of goes from techs to $35,000 fines or ejections. So I’m trying to keep my cool as much as possible.”
He’s also stressed to his players to keep theirs as well and avoid getting T’d up.
“Teams are taking privileges and we’re not getting the benefit of the doubt,” Scott said. “But I”m not going to complain about it. I don’t want our players to complain about it. I just want them to keep playing.”
Monday night’s 89-79 loss at Detroit features a lot of contact around the rim but few fouls benefiting the wine and gold.
The Pistons blocked 13 shots which is becoming par for the course this season.
“That’s a lot of blocks, but I think we get our shot blocked more than any team in the NBA,” Scott said. “It just goes back to guys being able to finish around the basket and in the paint and being a little more creative. You get it down there sometimes you’ve just got to pump fake and take it up strong. If you fade away, most of the time you’re going to get it blocked and you’re not going to get a call anyway.
“I would like our guys to be more aggressive and just try to go through people, to be honest with you. Create the contact see if we get the foul or not.”