He’s back. Delonte West received a standing ovation as he made his first appearance of the season last night as the Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 90-79. West played 24 minutes off the bench and tallied up 13 points, 2 assists, and a steal as he was a main ingredient to the Cavaliers success last night.
Last night’s performance by Delonte West was a subtle reminder to Cavs fans of just how important he is to the Cavaliers and their on-court success. As for LeBron James, no reminder was needed.
I’ve said it 20 times and I’ll say it again, he’s an important part of our team. It’s great having him back.
Just how great you ask? LeBron James only needed to put up 14 points in the Cavaliers win. LeBron’s unselfishness play was at it’s best last night as he looked to create more opportunities for his teammates rather than himself. As a result, King James led the Cavaliers with 9 assists as four other Cavaliers scored in double figures.
Mo Williams took control for the second night in a row as he led the Cavaliers in scoring with 24 points. Zydrunas Ilgauskas contributed off the bench once again as he scored 10 points and recorded 5 blocks.
The Cavaliers received great play from their guards last night as Mo Williams, Delonte West, and Anthony Parker all scored in double figures. Parker had 13 points and went 3-4 from beyond the arch.
Mike Brown has consistently been preaching defense this season. And in a “ask and you shall receive” sort of way the Cavaliers responded by forcing 19 turnovers and blocking 9 shots. The Cavaliers were just as effective on the offensive side of the ball as the team shot 58% from the floor and went 9-16 from the three point.
The Cavaliers will look to make it three in a row and improve their record to 3-2 on Tuesday as they play host to Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards.