What a great day. I got to sit at home and watch the Ohio State Buckeyes wax Michigan 37-7 in perhaps the greatest rivalry in all of college football. I went up to George Mason University to watch my school beat up on Florida Atlantic. And then, I got to sit back and enjoy a rather solid victory from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Like I said, what a great day.
And, you know, I’m almost convinced that JJ Hickson checks in at RightDownEuclid quite frequently. That is at least three times, stemming back to last season, that I’ve called him out for very subpar performances and he has responded in the subsequent game. I’m tempted to bash him again tonight just so he’ll keep on keepin’ on against Boston (Tuesday) and Miami (Thursday).
But I’m a nice guy…from time to time. Seriously, though, Hickson played his best brand of basketball in weeks. Sporting some vibrant yellow shoes – ones that, for the record, I wouldn’t be caught dead in – Hickson was clutch in the fourth quarter. He finished the game 6-of-11 for 16 points and five rebounds. I’m still not impressed by just five rebounds but I’ll take it. Especially when you consider that his efficiency rating was a very solid +17.
And Mo Williams responded to my criticism with one of his best outings of the season, as well. Williams was 10-of-21 from the floor, scoring 12 of his 25 points in momentum-shifting third quarter. He added 12 assists and five rebounds to his stat line. And he, too, sported an outstanding efficiency rating (+27). We need that same effort from Mo Williams on a nightly basis. And by effort, I don’t mean 25 points and 12 assists a night. I just mean effort.
Ryan Hollins played very well, too. Hollins scored eight points and added five rebounds in a very active first half. When he is active, the Cavs’ bench is much more dynamic. We’re going to need steady performances from everyone in these next two games. And I mean everyone.
Nice end to my Thanksgiving break. Hopefully these guys don’t think too far ahead and set their sights on Boston before playing host to Miami on Thursday evening.
All together, Cleveland!