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By Jason Lloyd
Beacon Journal sports writer

CLEVELAND: During the first week of camp, Byron Scott showed his players a tape of practice from the day before. He didn't think the players were giving enough effort and his message was simple: They can't win when they don't try hard enough.

The players responded well to that until Saturday night, when Scott was again disappointed with the Cavaliers' effort in a 90-87 loss to CSKA Moscow. It was the second loss of the preseason for the Cavs, but the first to a team that isn't even in the NBA.

''We didn't come out and give them enough respect,'' Scott said. ''We cannot turn it on and off as a basketball team. We don't have that luxury.''

The Cavaliers failed in many of their defensive rotations, allowed Moscow to make 11-of-25 3-pointers and shoot 47 percent for the game.

Daniel Gibson had 21 points. Ramon Sessions had 14 points, but two assists and four turnovers, and J.J. Hickson missed his first five shots and finished with just two points.

Scott knows fans across the country will see the Cavaliers lost to a non-NBA team and immediately expect the worst out of the Cavs this season, but he says he doesn't care about that.

''We weren't ready,'' Scott said. ''I didn't think we competed. Anytime you give a team confidence, they're going to keep building on that.''

On a night the Cavs were without four of their best players and Jawad Williams, who was with his wife for the birth of their first child, they still seemed to make progress in other areas — if not on the court.

Despite his scoreless night, Jamario Moon inched closer to replacing LeBron James and claiming the starting small forward job. Moon has started the last three games there and Scott came as close to committing to him before the game as he could without actually doing it.

''I don't want to tell him he's the starter yet,'' Scott said. ''But he's probably the leading candidate.''

That leaves Antawn Jamison's future up in the air. Jamison, who sat out Saturday's game along with Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao and Anthony Parker, will either be the sixth man or the starting power forward.

Scott said he hasn't made up his mind on that yet, but if Jamison had been healthy, he would've started against Moscow. Hickson had five rebounds and four assists despite not helping his cause offensively, and still seems to be the future at the position for the Cavs.

As for what could be the 15th and final roster spot, Manny Harris outplayed Danny Green — both in minutes and statistics — for the fourth consecutive game.

Harris played extensively in the first half and finished with seven points and six rebounds in 20 minutes, while Green had four points in eight minutes in the second half.

Scott said it isn't accurate to say the race is down to Harris and Green, ''but a lot of people probably look at it that way.''

Scott and General Manager Chris Grant have started patrolling other teams' rosters and looking at players recently waived or in danger of being cut. Scott conceded the Cavaliers would like another big man, but they typically are hard to find.

Right now, the only true center on the roster is 7-footer Ryan Hollins, and he will return to a backup role as early as Tuesday, when Varejao is expected to make his preseason debut.

Scott left the decision when to play up to Varejao, who would like another good, physical practice or two before testing his healing ankle.

He is expected to play Tuesday when the Cavs face the Philadelphia 76ers in Cincinnati.

For now, the Cavaliers are left to hide from the embarrassment of losing to a team that features Trajan Langdon, the former first-round bust who scored 14 points, and 32-year-old shooter Ramunas Siskauskas, who scored 22 points against a flimsy Cavs defense.

''We've got a young bunch of guys who have to understand it doesn't matter who you're playing,'' Scott said. ''The elite teams, it's not hard to get up for that. It's the lesser teams you have to get your mind right and get ready to play. Tonight we didn't do that.''


Jason Lloyd can be reached at jlloyd@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at http://www.cavs.ohio.com. Follow the Cavs on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ABJCavsInsider.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Joey Graham (12) loses control of the ball as he tries to squeeze between CSKA Moscow's Nikita Kurbanov (5) and Dmitry Sokolov in the second quarter of an exhibition basketball game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND: During the first week of camp, Byron Scott showed his players a tape of practice from the day before. He didn't think the players were giving enough effort and his message was simple: They can't win when they don't try hard enough.

The players responded well to that until Saturday night, when Scott was again disappointed with the Cavaliers' effort in a 90-87 loss to CSKA Moscow. It was the second loss of the preseason for the Cavs, but the first to a team that isn't even in the NBA.

''We didn't come out and give them enough respect,'' Scott said. ''We cannot turn it on and off as a basketball team. We don't have that luxury.''

The Cavaliers failed in many of their defensive rotations, allowed Moscow to make 11-of-25 3-pointers and shoot 47 percent for the game.

Daniel Gibson had 21 points. Ramon Sessions had 14 points, but two assists and four turnovers, and J.J. Hickson missed his first five shots and finished with just two points.

Scott knows fans across the country will see the Cavaliers lost to a non-NBA team and immediately expect the worst out of the Cavs this season, but he says he doesn't care about that.

''We weren't ready,'' Scott said. ''I didn't think we competed. Anytime you give a team confidence, they're going to keep building on that.''

On a night the Cavs were without four of their best players and Jawad Williams, who was with his wife for the birth of their first child, they still seemed to make progress in other areas — if not on the court.

Despite his scoreless night, Jamario Moon inched closer to replacing LeBron James and claiming the starting small forward job. Moon has started the last three games there and Scott came as close to committing to him before the game as he could without actually doing it.

''I don't want to tell him he's the starter yet,'' Scott said. ''But he's probably the leading candidate.''

That leaves Antawn Jamison's future up in the air. Jamison, who sat out Saturday's game along with Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao and Anthony Parker, will either be the sixth man or the starting power forward.

Scott said he hasn't made up his mind on that yet, but if Jamison had been healthy, he would've started against Moscow. Hickson had five rebounds and four assists despite not helping his cause offensively, and still seems to be the future at the position for the Cavs.

As for what could be the 15th and final roster spot, Manny Harris outplayed Danny Green — both in minutes and statistics — for the fourth consecutive game.

Harris played extensively in the first half and finished with seven points and six rebounds in 20 minutes, while Green had four points in eight minutes in the second half.

Scott said it isn't accurate to say the race is down to Harris and Green, ''but a lot of people probably look at it that way.''

Scott and General Manager Chris Grant have started patrolling other teams' rosters and looking at players recently waived or in danger of being cut. Scott conceded the Cavaliers would like another big man, but they typically are hard to find.

Right now, the only true center on the roster is 7-footer Ryan Hollins, and he will return to a backup role as early as Tuesday, when Varejao is expected to make his preseason debut.

Scott left the decision when to play up to Varejao, who would like another good, physical practice or two before testing his healing ankle.

He is expected to play Tuesday when the Cavs face the Philadelphia 76ers in Cincinnati.

For now, the Cavaliers are left to hide from the embarrassment of losing to a team that features Trajan Langdon, the former first-round bust who scored 14 points, and 32-year-old shooter Ramunas Siskauskas, who scored 22 points against a flimsy Cavs defense.

''We've got a young bunch of guys who have to understand it doesn't matter who you're playing,'' Scott said. ''The elite teams, it's not hard to get up for that. It's the lesser teams you have to get your mind right and get ready to play. Tonight we didn't do that.''


Jason Lloyd can be reached at jlloyd@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at http://www.cavs.ohio.com. Follow the Cavs on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ABJCavsInsider.

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