Sorry about the lateness of this game reaction but I fell asleep shortly after the game ended. Possibly because there was very little to get excited about. And, thus, I struggled to even get through the entire game before falling asleep.
Cleveland’s bench is incredible. They are the most effective reserves in the league and tossed in another 47 point performance on Saturday night. Unfortunately, for the first time this season, they were outscored 54-47 in the contest and dropped their second game in as many nights, 116-92.
Mo Williams played great on the offensive end. He was 9-of-15 from the floor for 21 points and handed out six assists. But that was where the scoring stopped for the Cavalier starters. The other four (Varejao, Parker, Hickson and Moon) were a combined 11-of-29 from the floor with a mere 24 points. 24 points from four starters! I’ve talked a lot about this season being a complete team effort and 24 total points from four guys in your starting five is not going to cut it. It’s as simple as that.
On a positive note, the Cavaliers continue to get very solid contributions from Daniel Gibson and Antawn Jamison. Gibson was 6-of-10from the floor for 17 points. The bad news: Gibson’s scoring output only broke even with his efficiency rating (-17). He did not play a very solid game on the defensive side. (To be fair, nobody really played that great defensively). Antawn Jamison had similar fate as his point total (12) was a hair less than his efficiency rating (-14).
Ryan Hollins played well when he wasn’t trying to take off Tiago Splitter’s head. He had six points and four rebounds before being ejected from the game after a Flagrant-2 foul for spiking Splitter’s noggin. I will say, though, that his play was the only one that got me out of my seat on Saturday night. I like to see a guy go hard. If it means being ejected from the game, so be it.
The Cavaliers will attempt to get back on track on Tuesday night as they take on the Indiana Pacers for the second time this season. A little more offensive production from the starting five and more consistency on the defensive end, and this team has a shot to be special. We’re not that far away, Cleveland fans.
Don’t stop believin’.