The most eventful part of this game? The pre-game wild west standoff between cops and a crazy man. The most uneventful? Watching the Cavaliers’ guards attempt to be good.
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it 573 times, the Cavaliers can’t guard any position on the court. Griffin goes off. Eric Gordon in his first game back goes off. Craig Smith comes in and goes 6-9. The Clippers shoot 9-17 from three. The Cavs can’t guard good post players AND they can’t guard the 3-point line. Just like most of the season, they continue to make so-so offensive teams look like the second coming of the 2005 Phoenix Suns.
On a good note, Hickson played pretty well in this game. He got a couple of jumpers to fall which is normally a all or nothing type of thing for him. If he misses one, he’ll keep shooting and continue to miss them. If they go in, well then great for us. He still shouldn’t be shooting to many of them. That said, he worked hard and had himself his best game since Jamison’s injury.
Also a bright spot is Samardo Samuels. The guy is far more polished on the low block than I thought he would be. He also has a fairly reliable mid-range jumper if left wide open. A couple of years from now, a decision will need to be made on Hickson and Samuels (if Samuels continues this play). They can’t play together if you expect your team to actually defend the paint like an NBA team. It will have to be one or the other, in which case either the other guy comes off the bench or isn’t here. How that works out is anybody’s guess.
On the flip side is this team’s horrid guard play. Sessions again had a nice box-score that makes you think he actually played well. He didn’t. This guy’s game is just totally flawed. He doesn’t actually improve his teammates at all. His assist numbers are extremely mis-leading. In this particular game, he also had 4 turnovers, which is entirely to much for a guy who isn’t expected to dominate the ball. His problem is pretty simple: he’s a score first point guard except he can’t shoot and isn’t very big. It’s hard to be score first as a guard if you can’t shoot the ball. Still, people will look at that box score and be impressed. Oh well…
Daniel Gibson has been a total disaster for over a month now. He can’t hit an open three. He can’t finish at the rim (never has been able to) and for most of the season his defense has fallen off the Earth. Why, I’m not sure, but he doesn’t defend with anywhere near the same intensity he did last year or the year before. His injuries + his play this year makes me think the Cavs will think about moving him in the off-season. He just isn’t performing.
Eyenga………is playing really bad. That’s all I’ll say about the kid. He needs to get better, a lot better.