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John Beilein ‘Not Flinching’ in Face of Latest Cavs Blowout Loss
- Updated: December 4, 2019
On Tuesday, the Cavs lost to the Detroit Pistons in a 127-94 blowout.
Nevertheless, Beilein continues to be determined to turn the Cavs’ fortunes around despite their fourth consecutive defeat, and 10th in their last 11 games.
The series of losses has dumbfounded the rookie NBA head coach, but he is not waving the white flag just yet.
“I don’t think you can (explain it),” Beilein said. “I didn’t even want to explain it to the team. Our offense was not good, our defense was equally bad. I’m disappointed, but not going to flinch. We’ll learn from it. Tomorrow we’ll have a video session on this, we’ll have a good strength-building session and we’ll find ways to grow even from that very humbling loss to Detroit.”
Beilein expects to find positives even from an abysmal performance from his team. He seems quite confident that the Cavs will learn from this experience.
“We’ll find things,” Beilein said. “It’s easy. Even in a game like this, we’ll find things. You have to. You have to have some positive things,” he said. “If you just show them what they’re doing wrong, they’ll keep doing it wrong. You’ve got to show them what they’re doing right so they’ll get better.”
Being a successful college coach doesn’t necessarily translate to success in the pros, but Beilein trusts that the Cavs will rack up some wins eventually.
“I can’t tell you when it’s going to happen,” Beilein explained. “All I know is I’m not flinching. We will just keep working really hard at growing the team with every practice, with every film session, with every weight training session. We’re not getting C’s, we’re going to get A’s every time we do that, that’s one thing we can really control.”
The players will have to reward Beilein’s confidence in them very quickly as the 2019-20 season is slowly slipping away. Their 5-15 record is third-worst in the Eastern Conference, with only the Atlanta Hawks (5-16) and New York Knicks (4-17) performing worse than they have so far.
The Cavs are scheduled to play the Orlando Magic on Friday. Fans will see soon enough if Beilein’s positivity will rub off on his players.