First of all, somebody give me a little love for the clever title. I’ve been waiting for over a year for that one. And the Cavaliers finally allowed me the opportunity to use it.
What a great win.
Now it wasn’t an absolutely flawless effort by any means. But, for the first time since opening night, the Cavaliers showed signs of greatness. With the exception of the third quarter, Cleveland played an outstanding game on both sides of the floor. Mo Williams was incredible despite shooting just 1-of-6 from three-point range. He flipped the switch in the fourth quarter and took over the game for the Cavaliers, scoring 12 of his game-high 28 points in the final 12 minutes.
Daniel Gibson came up with a second consecutive game changing performance. Gibson nailed 7-of-11 shot attempts including 2-of-2 from downtown in an outstanding 19 point performance. Those statistics, however, do not even begin to explain the impact Gibson had on Saturday night’s game.
Anthony Parker didn’t have his best night shooting the basketball from inside the arc. However, he was dialed in from long distance as he connected on 3-of-4 shots from downtown in a 13 point performance.
And, as I’ve been saying all along, Ryan Hollins could be an even bigger steal than we first thought. Ramon Sessions has played very well for the Cavaliers up to this point, but I am not so sure that Hollins won’t turn out to be the best piece in that trade. He was a solid 5-for-5 from the field in an 11 point effort.
Side Note: I was actually in attendance for this one. Daniel Gibson and Leon Powe appeared on the Kiss Cam just three couples after my parents were on the Jumbotron. My parents kissed – fortunately, the Gibson-Powe combo did not.
Cleveland won’t be in action again until Tuesday night when they’ll take on the New Jersey Nets. That gives Antawn Jamison three more days to rest his knee so he can get back on the floor for the Wine & Gold.
We’re back at .500, Cavs fans. Keep on believin’ in these guys and they may just surprise you.