When the players walked to the locker room with the game tied at 51 on Saturday, the coach wasn’t very happy with his pupil. Only this time, it wasn’t Byron Scott giving the Cavs an earful, it was assistant coach Jamahl Mosley.
Mosley works primarily with the big men, and none of the coaches were pleased with what they saw out of Tyler Zeller in the first half of what became a 118-94 rout of the Orlando Magic.
The coaches didn’t think Zeller was particularly aggressive in the first half or into the game mentally, so Mosley ripped him in the locker room while Scott stood back and listened.
Zeller was listening, too. He had 12 points and six rebounds in the third quarter, when the Cavs took control of the game. He finished with 16 points and seven assists and could’ve made a run at his career high of 20 points, but with Saturday’s game the start of four games in five nights, Scott held all of his starters out of the fourth quarter in the blowout.
“I think some words that were said in our locker room probably helped him,” Scott said of Zeller. “I thought the first half he didn’t play particularly well. … He played extremely well in the third quarter. Just got really aggressive and physical.”
Tyler Zeller’s big third quarter sparks most lopsided road win of Cavs season
Akron Beacon Journal | Feb 24