Byron Scott celebrated his 52nd birthday Thursday trying not to second-guess all that happened in another heartbreaking loss Wednesday night, trying to understand whether he's getting through to his Cavaliers after 60 games, and discussing it all in a lengthy film session aimed at preventing a seventh straight loss Friday against Philadelphia.

Conclusions? Sometimes, Scott wishes time would have frozen ages ago.

"I wish I were 25 and could still go out there and play and maybe it'd be a little bit of a different story," he said. "But (the coaches) can't play, so all we can do is give you the game plan and hope that you go out there and follow it."

In another fourth-quarter meltdown, in which Boston erased a 14-point deficit in the final 8:08, the Cavaliers failed miserably in an attempt to defend the Celtics' Jeff Green on a game-winning layup.

In trying to find answers while watching film, forward Luke Walton said players understand what they need to do offensively and defensively, but simply aren't doing it. The Cavaliers' losing streak matches their longest of the season, experienced twice before.

"I think everyone from players to coaches are frustrated with losing," Walton said. "Stuff that we're doing has happened to us multiple times. I think coaches are kind of frustrated as to why we're not, as players, making the changes and doing things differently to stop letting that happen.

"And as players, it's tough to keep losing the games."

In examining the loss, Scott's game management and substitution patterns -- Tyler Zeller did not play in the fourth quarter despite 11 points and nine rebounds -- prompted numerous post-game questions in perhaps the harshest media criticism since he arrived in Cleveland three years ago.