There’s a reason the 76ers are one of the worst teams in the NBA. And the Cavaliers used that to their advantage on Friday night.
Cleveland launched 31 three-point attempts, missed nine free throws and were outscored 66-40 in the paint but still managed to come away with a 100-95 victory. And, surprisingly enough, I was never really nervous about the Cavs’ chances at picking up the win. Only against a bad team I suppose.
TheBron returned to the floor and led the way with 23 points and 10 assists. However, he was a miserable 3-of-10 from downtown and an even less impressive 6-of-12 from the charity stripe. I think it’s safe to say that he was a tad bit rusty from the week long break. Mo Williams chipped in with 21 points on a reassuring 8 for 13 shooting performance but only managed two assists from the point guard position. And I couldn’t help but think to myself while I sat back and watched Friday night’s matchup, “Is there a point guard in the league that can’t beat Mo off the dribble?” Sounds a bit harsh, I know. And I am one of the biggest supporters of MoGotti. But c’mon, man. You play on a team whose main focus is on the defensive end!
On the flip side, I found myself wondering, “Is there another shooting guard in the league that can guard Delonte West?” I have been very impressed with Brotha Red lately. West poured in 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting while dishing out four assists. Anderson “Wild Thing” Varejao connected on 6-of-9 from the field in a solid 12 point-12 rebound effort. That’s a combined 29 points for two Cavalier reserves. Solid. Add that to Jamario Moon’s nine points, four boards, three dimes and two steals and you’ve got yourself a solid outing from an undermanned Cleveland bench.
Leon Powe got his first start in Wine & Gold but couldn’t manage to put the ball in the bucket while collecting just three boards in 15 minutes of play. He seems to be hobbling around still.
Overall, a very sloppy two hour game that was extremely painful to watch. More power to the 20,000+ that turned out in the Wachovia Center. The Cavs will head back home to take on the Boston Celtics (the same Celtics that Cleveland ran out of Beantown a few weeks ago) on Sunday afternoon. Stretch-4 should be back in the rotation to give us another scorer. Thankfully.
Until then, let’s hang our hats on this: