Snow delays Cavaliers before game

Updated: December 8, 2010, 7:44 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott said that over half his team was delayed by a snowstorm in downtown Cleveland and was still making its way to the arena an hour before a game against the Chicago Bulls.

The Cavaliers locker room was practically empty as several players tried to figure out a way to navigate through the lake effect snow, which dominated the area surrounding Quicken Loans Arena.

As of 6:30 p.m. ET, every player had made it to the arena except for Cleveland forward Joey Graham, according to a Cavs spokesperson. The game was expected to start on time.

The snow brought traffic in the downtown area to a standstill. Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins was seen running through the downtown streets to get to the arena.

The Cavs were trying to break a five-game losing streak, which prompted Scott to change the lineup. But because several players were delayed, Scott didn't want to reveal the changes to the media before informing his team.

Scott said he wants his team to stop "feeling sorry" for itself, but he doesn't believe the recent skid has anything to do with LeBron James' departure.

"I don't think it has anything to do with LeBron, first of all," Scott said. "When you lose some games like we've lost, guys start getting down.

"Everybody in this league is looking to kick you when you're down, and we have to understand that right now as a team we have to just kind of stick your chest out, roll your head up and say a couple words that I can't say right now. And just go out and compete and battle."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.