While it's true that the Cavaliers fell behind by nearly 30 points against a team that hasn't qualified for the playoffs in five years before coming to life, while their own fans booed their miserable performance, and even they admitted there was little effort, the message from all in Cavalierland on Thursday is that all is not lost. Yet.

They still expect to make the playoffs. They still think they'll figure out a starting lineup -- sometime soon, even. And they are even hopeful that creaky kneed Andrew Bynum can play in back-to-back games this weekend, marking a significant step in his rehabilitation.

The Cavaliers ask that everyone refrain from jumping off the bandwagon just yet. There is no panic for the 4-8 Cavaliers.

"It's too early for that," coach Mike Brown said. "Don't get me wrong, we want to win games while we're going through this process. Nobody likes to lose. But I don't know if I'm a guy who would panic, anyway. What does panicking do for you? I've got a job and my job is to help this team get better and try to win games. If I panic, they're going to panic and it would just be chaotic."

The Cavaliers are still confident they can rebound from the lackluster performance against Washington, even as they traveled this weekend to New Orleans and San Antonio without C.J. Miles. Miles had just been elevated – officially – to starting shooting guard when he suffered a strained right calf in the first quarter against the Wizards.

Brown indicated he is reluctant to upset what he had recently defined as the second unit – with Dion Waiters at shooting guard – even when searching for a plug-in replacement for Miles. On Thursday afternoon, he said he was unsure whom he would start when Miles does not travel with the team, but said he had plenty of options: Matthew Dellavedova, Jarrett Jack, Alonzo Gee, Carrick Felix.