Well, we’ve seen worse. The Cavs lost this game late in the contest when they couldn’t score a bucket to save their lives in the second half of the final quarter. The cavs allowed 47% FG shooting and 46% from 3. Sadly, this was a huge improvement over what they have been doing prior to tonight. There were a few bright spots, though.
Harris easily had his best game of the season scoring a game high 27 points on 7-13 shooting. Now, I don’t want to make too big of a deal about this because A. it’s just one game and B. it is the suns, who are now a really bad team. However, I can very easily say the kid has more athletic ability than I thought coming out of college. He can get to the rim and he can draw fouls. Granted, I thought he got some superstar type of calls tonight (no idea why) but he does have a gift for creating contact in the lane.
JJ Hickson with Hustle??REALLY???!?!
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, JJ Hickson actually played HARD tonight. It was almost surreal to watch. He had a game high 17 rebounds, 9 of which came on the offensive end. However, I can’t give JJ glowing reviews like I could Harris. His defense is still right there on the same level of Jamison, which is something around “you might as well not run down to this end of the court and instead should just cherry-pick.” Also, he forced entirely to many shots. The man just isn’t nearly polished enough on the offensive end to, in any game, shoot 23 shots. He paid for it, by missing 15 of those 23 and having a stunning 6 blocked. He simply doesn’t have the moves in the paint that one of his smaller size needs in order to NOT get his shot blocked. He doesn’t know how to use his body well, and doesn’t have any sort of hook shot. His shot will continue to blocked on a regular basis untill he develops his offensive game.
It was that bad. I’ll just skip this.
Mo “no, I can’t be Steve Nash and run the entire offense while still scoring 17 points a game” Williams.
It really is that simple for me. As long as he is being asked to get everyone else involved, he is not going to be able to shoot a good percentage from 3 nor will he be able to get his normal 15-16 a game. It’s simply to much for this man. He is not Steve Nash. He is not Chris Paul. He is not Deron Williams. He also doesn’t get paid nearly as well as any of those guys, and there is a reason for that. He isn’t as gifted. He’s being asked to do more than he is capable and this will be the result. 12 assists to only 3 turnovers, but he goes 2-12 from the field. It’s just how it’s going to be as long as he is in this situation and quite frankly I’m fine with it.
I’m not going to venture into the realm that we can “build on this game.” No, we can’t. The Suns are terrible and we still showed the same defensive problems we’ve had all year. The young guys played pretty well, but when you’ve lost so many games you really only find use out of wins after a while. Losing is losing at this point.
Before I finish I want to leave you with this Dan Gilbert twitter quote: “Insightful Cavs fans get strategy to build & compete for long run.Young,athletic guys & great picks.NEVER gonna waiver.Like Manny?! Yep!”
That basically ends any doubt about whether this team was going to be in full rebuild mode. I think most of us knew this, but there were still some holding out hope that this team would bring in a guy like O.J. Mayo or Andre Igguodala. It would appear from this twitter update a solid no.