With just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter, Zydrunas Ilgausas checked into the game to the tune of a sold-out crowd cheering his name and holding up “Z” posters. It had to be one of the most emotional moments in Big Z’s long history with the Cavaliers organization. And he finished with four points and six rebounds in more than 22 minutes of work as the Cavaliers took a 97-90 victory over the Sacramento Queens.
I have nothing against the Queens because, quite frankly, they’re not good enough for me to bare any hatred towards them. I just say Queens because, well, there was only one King out there on Sunday evening and his name was Sir LeBron James. James went for 34 points including a flurry of emphatic dunks and ridiculous jumpshots while adding eight assists and seven rebounds. Just another day in the life of LeChosen One, really.
Antawn Jamison seems to be regaining his offensive stride as he shot 11-of-21 from the field for 26 points while snagging nine rebounds. Stretch-4 worked his butt off on both ends of the floor with the absence of one Anderson Varejao and held up very well in 41 minutes of work. JJ Hickson continued to do work as the Baby Bull contributed 10 points and five boards in the contest. AP was just 3-for-7 again and Mo Williams can’t seem to string together more than two games of solid performances. Cavs really need to get him going if they’re going to be as dominate in the postseason as we all hope they will.
Outside of that, Sunday’s game was a bit sloppy and rather dull for everyone involved. Delonte West looks like a completely different guy without Varejao on the floor but Leon Powe is getting better and better (though he still looks like he can barely move).
Hopefully everyone has recovered from the disappointment that was the Buckeyes. I certainly have not forgiven them for what they did to my bracket; that’s for sure. And as we wind down this season, Cleveland will host the Bucks on Wednesday night.