The Cavaliers rotations in Tuesday's ugly victory over the visiting Washington Wizards were enough to make anybody dizzy.
The changes actually started on Monday, when All-Star Kyrie Irving was ruled out for the next three to four weeks with a sprained left shoulder suffered on Sunday in Toronto. Veteran Shaun Livingston was promoted to the starting lineup, joining Tristan Thompson, Alonzo Gee and rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller.
But when that group fell behind Washington, 11-0, in the first two minutes of the game, an angry coach Byron Scott yanked all of the starters except Livingston and inserted Luke Walton, C.J. Miles, Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington -- his usual second unit -- to finish out the quarter.
When the second quarter started, he turned to another veteran -- Daniel "Boobie'' Gibson -- to run the point with the four chastised starters. By the time the quarter was over, the Cavs were ahead, 50-49.
"I thought Boobie did a great job,'' Scott said after the game. "That's another sign of a guy who's a professional who just continued to work and work and he got his opportunity and now he's ready.
Little-used Daniel Gibson plays big role in Cavaliers victory over Wizards
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 14