Silas faces former team in New Orleans
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Paul Silas and the Cleveland Cavaliers are
still in search of their first road win of the season, as they travel to New
Orleans to face the Hornets.
Silas coached the Hornets for five seasons, but was fired just two days after
the team was eliminated from the 2003 playoffs with a Game 6 loss at home to
Philadelphia. It was the first time since 2000 that the Hornets failed to move
past the first round of the playoffs.
Silas, the Hornets’ career leader in coaching victories, accepted an offer to
become the Cavaliers’ head coach in June.
The Cavaliers are 0-8 as the visitor this year and have dropped 29 straight
road games dating back to last season. Their last road win occurred on January
12, 2003 at Seattle.
Cleveland has dropped three straight overall and is coming off a 92-83 loss in
Atlanta on Saturday. Zydrunas Ilgauskas paced Cleveland with 21 points and 10
boards. Ricky Davis chipped in 16 points and LeBron James netted 15 for the
Cavaliers, who have dropped five of their last seven contests.
Davis was originally expected to sit out tonight for unspecified reasons.
However, Silas, who also coached the guard when he played for the Charlotte
Hornets, changed his mind and will let Davis play in New Orleans.
The Hornets are also coming off a setback, having lost for just the second
time in seven games Tuesday after falling 91-87 in Miami.
Baron Davis poured in a game-high 28 points and dished out 10 assists for New
Orleans. David Wesley scored 22 points and George Lynch added 11 in the loss
— the Hornets’ second in three games.
The Cavaliers have lost their last nine games on the road against the Hornets
and have never won in New Orleans. The Hornets moved from Charlotte to New
Orleans after the 2001-02 season.
Cleveland’s last road victory against the Hornets was on February 10, 1999.
The Hornets have won five of the last six meetings.
New Orleans is 5-2 at home this season and is 7-3 within the Eastern