Miles appeared to be breaking out of his funk Monday night against the Clippers, when scored 10 points, made two 3-pointers and shot 4-of-7 from the field. Then he was struck down by the flu, lost all his stamina and any momentum from the good performance. Now he's starting over again, searching for anything to go right.
“I've tried every approach to it,” Miles said. “I've pressed, I've tried not pressing, then I get a halfway decent game under my belt and I'm strapped to the toilet for two days. I feel like I can't catch a break, but I'm going to be all right. I can guarantee that.”
Omri Casspi is the most obvious candidate to replace Miles should Scott make a change. Casspi had his own misery last season. The rookies have transitioned well under Scott, but veterans like Casspi and Miles, who joined the Cavs from other teams, have struggled miserably. It begs the question whether it's just a coincidence that Miles and Casspi both underperformed, or whether it is Scott's system they are struggling to adapt to after already spending a couple of years in the NBA.
“It's probably a combination of both,” Scott said. “C.J. has been in one system for seven years, so it takes a little while to get used to a new system and to find your way in that system.”
While he struggles on offense, Scott keeps harping on Miles to stay focused and give maximum effort on the defensive end. The results there have been mixed, too.
“It's all in his head right now,” Scott said. “You've got to think about the other end. If that's going to define you, then it's also going to ruin you.”
Scott said he isn't expecting Tyler Zeller to be available until next week when the Cavaliers return home from this road trip. Then if Zeller rejoins the team on this trip, all the better.
“If he is back sooner than that, then that's a pleasant surprise,” Scott said. “But I'm kind of figuring he's not going to be with us for the next couple of games.”
Zeller's left eye was blackened and there was significant swelling around the cheekbone when he left the team. All of that swelling must subside in order for the mask to fit, plus he must be cleared from the concussion program before he can return. That has not happened yet.
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