LeBron’s line from last night- 24 points on 9 of 16 shooting, 14 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 blocked shots in 42 minutes. He was hit in the face and had to receive treatment in the locker room in the first half. Despite LeBron’s big night, and Daniel Gibson’s hot shooting, the Cavs nearly blew that game. The Cavs blew a 10 point lead in the last 2 minutes of the third quarter when LeBron had to sit down. They spent the rest of the game trying to catch up again.
Sasha was terrible. Damon Jones was better than he normally is- take that for what it’s worth. He actually made a big three pointer down the stretch (he missed some too, but hey I’ll give him credit for making one.) Z was good again, scoring 22 and grabbing 13 boards. He made a nice play slashing to the basket (yes, you read that right) and made a few nice passes as well. Gooden was solid with 16 points and 9 rebounds. He made a bonehead offensive play near the end of the game, but that is what you get from Drew.
Here’s a surprise- Larry Hughes and Donyell Marshall missed the game with injuries. Marshall has a wrist injury, and Hughes bruised his knee in the game against Phoenix. I have to say that Hughes, Marshall and Jones are the biggest free agent busts in the history of the Cavs. The Cavs needed to hit on one or two of these signings to give them a chance to win a title. Forget the Eastern Conference thing. I’m talking about the big trophy. The Cavs are still nowhere near the Spurs, Mavs or Suns. Yeah, we can beat the Warriors. They were the #8 seed last year in that conference. And honestly it was all the Cavs could do to win that game. If even two of these signings panned out maybe they have a chance against the Spurs.
Z and Gooden are good pieces. They could start on a championship team playing specific roles, as long as Gooden is not expected to score. These upper echelon teams are deep one through six or seven. The Cavs have LeBron and two good role players. Gibson, Sasha and Varejao could be role players off the bench for a championship team. That’s the truth. And until Ferry finds a way to unload one or more of these albatross players, the Cavs will never be a contender for the whole thing.