It took him 50 minutes of playing time, but Lebron James finally put the game out of reach when his second free throw found the bottom of the net with :14 seconds to go. James finished with 31 points, but had a rough shooting night, hitting only 10 of 25 shots, and none of his 5 three point attempts. Fortunately for the Cavs, he was money from the free throw line, hitting 11 of 13. Zydrunas Illgauskas had another big game for the Cavs, scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 boards, but perhaps his biggest play of the game was a block of Andrew Bogut that would have tied the game with :15 seconds to go. After the jump, the worst thing I’ve written all year-
After writing this about him last week-
“Larry Hughes led the way with 36 points on 13 of 17 shooting, including 5 of 8 from deep. He played only 26 minutes, but was very effective in his time on the floor. Hughes was free to roam the court playing a true shooting guard in his minutes tonight. According to coach Mike Brown, that is the role Hughes will play from now on. In fact, Brown said he intends to bring Hughes off the bench. Certainly he has the ability to energize the team and provide a boost coming off the bench. Now, let’s not get crazy and think that he will shoot 76% and score 30+ every night, but if he can provide that 15-20 point lift, especially when LeBron is resting this team is dangerous.”
…Larry Hughes has posted the following numbers- 3 games, 86 minutes played, 24 points on 8 of 35 shooting (22%), and 1 of 6 from 3 point range. I don’t know what is wrong with Hughes, but he is just killing us. Hughes and Pavlovic are morphing into the worst two guard in the league. And thanks to the NBA’s ridiculous salary cap regulations, we have no chance to fix the problem. I don’t understand why there is no way for a team to get out of a contract gone bad. If I was brought in to do a job, and given a handsome salary to do it, I would be expected to perform at a certain level. After two plus years, if I was not able to meet my employer’s expectations I would be let go. The company would not continue to suffer because of my performance. Why in the world, after two dismal seasons, can’t the Cavs do something about Hughes? The NBA needs to re-evaluate the way teams are stuck with these ridiculous contracts.
I know, nobody forced the Cavs to sign them. But they had to bring someone in. Larry Hughes was the best player available to sign at the time. And they had to pay him what they did to get him. There just should be some type of escape for teams so that fans don’t have to suffer. Look at the Knicks. Contracts have killed them for years. Let’s hope the Cavs can get back on track, even if Hughes can’t.