Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant addressed local media on Wednesday afternoon following his team’s five-game home stand in which they went 1-4. The last two games provided increased attention after the Cavs blew a 20-point lead against the Phoenix Suns and were subsequently abused by the New Orleans Pelicans. Both games resulted in a chorus of boos from Cavalier fans.
“It’s frustrating,” said Grant. “It’s disappointing. The fans deserve better. the lack of effort is just not acceptable.”
The Cavs are currently 24th in the league in offensive efficiency (98.4) while slotting in 18th in defensive efficiency (104.1). They currently have the second-worst true shooting percentage in the NBA (50.4), bettering only the Milwaukee Bucks (50.0) and are on pace for roughly 30 wins.
Cavs head coach Mike Brown, who has drawn much in the way of fan criticism as of late, questioned the team’s mental toughness and in-game effort on multiple occasions. Grant added that he believes in Brown and both his offensive and defensive systems. The general manager said that the players currently on the roster need to be more consistent in their execution on both ends.
“The system fits the guys,” added Grant. “It’s about doing it consistently.”