Since I don’t live in Ohio and, therefore, do not get Fox Sports Ohio in my dorm room, I was beyond disappointed when I found out the Cavs-Pistons game wasn’t going to be on ESPN this evening. However, I did find a place to watch the game and caught a glimpse of why ESPN didn’t want to put that on national television.
LeBron watched from the bench as his NBA-best twenty game streak of scoring 20+ points ended with a 104-79 stoot-slappin’ of the Detroit Pistons. The King was a spectator in the fourth quarter after putting up solid (yet, not LeBron-like) numbers in a 15 point-7 assist effort. Mo Williams has regained his sweet stroke in the last week and was 2-of-3 from downtown in a 12 point showing while Anthony Parker added 11 in part of a 4-of-8 shooting performance. JJ Hickson posted 13 points and eight rebounds to round out the starters in double digits.
Antawn Jamison didn’t have a poor showing but wasn’t all that noticeable either. He notched just six points and two rebounds in more than 24 minutes of work. That two straight unimpressive performance from Stretch-4 and two straight appearances in which he hasn’t attempted more than six shots. That might be something to keep an eye on down the stretch.
The Cavaliers got yet another solid performance from Delonte West and Anderson Varejao off the bench as the Tireless Two combined for 21 points and 13 rebounds in the blowout victory. And Leon Powe had a season-best 16 points and seven rebounds off the pine for the Cavs. I don’t know how he does it; the guy looks like he can hardly run and/or jump but he’s efficient when he’s on the floor.
And speaking of efficiency, Evan Turner led Ohio State past Georgia Tech and into the Sweet Sixteen where they’ll meet up with the Tennessee Volunteers. Turner was closing in on a quadruple-double as the Big-Ten Player of the Year went for 24 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and nine turnovers. I joke about his nine turnovers because the guy was absolutely incredible against on Sunday afternoon. Jon Diebler added 20 points on 4-of-10 from downtown and David Lighty provided the knockout punch (and took one of his own) in the closing seconds while providing the Buckeyes with a solid 18 point effort. Another great day for an Ohio sports fan.
Ohio State won’t play again until Friday but the Cavaliers will hit the court again on Wednesday night when they’ll take on the New Orleans Hornets.