This morning, Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that in the wake of last night's extremely disappointing loss to the Detroit Pistons, there were some doubts within the Cleveland Cavaliers organization about head coach David Blatt:
There is a growing level of worry within the Cleveland Cavaliers organization about first-year coach David Blatt and his ability to reach the team, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that there is rising concern in team circles about the level of response that Blatt is getting on the floor, with Blatt himself acknowledging that the Cavaliers "lost our energy and we lost our competitiveness" in Sunday night's embarrassing home loss to Detroit.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 18-12, right on pace for 50 wins. They are 22nd in the NBA in defensive efficiency. They've dealt with several injuries. Stein and Windhorst also alluded to the fact that the Cavs employ Tyronn Lue, the highest paid assistant in the whole league.
Blatt on if he still has the Cavs' attention: "Absolutely I do. We just didn't play well ... Don't think it was an issue outside of that"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 29, 2014
Davis Blatt: "(CLE struggling) has nothing to do with questions along the lines of what I've heard. I just don't think that's right or fair"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 29, 2014
Kyrie Irving said he would "do anything for Coach Blatt." Afterwards, said w/in earshot: "I know exactly where those questions came from"— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) December 29, 2014