LeBron James had a triple-double by the third quarter. It wasn’t enough to beat the Jazz.
Seriously. James had 32 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists. Cavs lose 103-101. We’ll give Ilgauskas a pass, he had 18 and 14. He certainly did his job again. Oh yeah, he had 4 blocks to go with that. Gooden had a terrible shooting night, hitting only 2 of 11. Sasha Pavlovic finally started to resemble the Sasha we saw last year, with 17 points, but where was the defense Sasha? Daniel Gibson hit a few shots early, and fouled out with 12 points and 3 assists in over 30 minutes. Damon Jones was…well Damon Jones.
Once again the Cavs lost control of the game when James sat down for 3 minutes at the end of the third quarter. I don’t know what the answer is here, but I remember last year when James sat we saw healthy doses of Sasha penetrating and Zydrunas posting up. If Sasha isn’t up to speed why not throw the ball down low to Ilgauskas? He has been a machine so far this season. He is averaging 17 points and 14 boards a game.
Unfortunately, he is also averaging 35 minutes a game. That is 6 minutes more than his career average. In fact last year he averaged just over 27 minutes. This is bad news gang. This is Big Z breaking down later in the season bad news. Like maybe Christmas. Only three Cavs bench players saw any time last night. Three. Yes, if Larry Hughes and Donyell Marshall would have been healthy they would have played. I don’t think that would have helped us beat the Jazz however. The Cavs are going to be desperate for Varejao sooner than we think.
Watching LeBron do what he did last night I couldn’t help but think of Oscar Robertson. Because while LeBron played a tremendous game and can call that one of his 11 triple doubles, Oscar Robertson would have called that Wednesday. Maybe the Big O can still play a little. The Cavs could use an outside shooter and play-maker. At least for the 4 minutes when LeBron is on the bench. What do you think Oscar? Can you give us 4 minutes a night?