So the Cavs won their 49th game of the year last night in a snoozing 98-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Guess who took the most shots, played the most minutes, scored the most points and played the overall best game? I’ll give you one hint and if you get it right I’ll ask him to share part of his $2 million bonus for the 49th win with you. Well, that was your hint. It’s Larry Hughes. No wonder he played his best game in a long time on the night, if the Cavs won, he was set to earn a $2 million bonus. I would like to think he played so well because the Cavs needed a win to keep their hopes alive of grabbing the second-seed but I think he was more selfishly motivated.
I liked seeing Eric Snow play a good veteran’s type ballgame. He played 24 minutes, scored 5 points, had 5 rebounds and dished out 8 assists. That’s the type of game the Cavs are going to need from him in the playoffs, especially if they play the Heat. Everyone always knocks on Snow for not being a scorer, not be fast and not being able to make a 12-foot jumper. He’s probably the only player in the NBA that when he plays P-I-G after practice, never takes a shot outside 15-feet. He is slow and I’d rather LeBron throw up a behind the back, no look shot from half court with the game on the line than Snow taking any type of shot. That said, I like Snow come playoff time. He knows how to manage a game. He plays tough defense. He’s not the best defender but he plays rough and tough and has a few veteran tricks up his sleeve that annoys whoever he is guarding. He is a point guard who you can’t run the fastbreaks with but he is above average in the half court game, which the playoffs, more times than not, are. He’s reliable and consistent (not shooting-wish but effort-wise) and rarely turns the ball over. Just want you need in the playoffs. I remember him in last year’s series against Washington making quite a few challenging lay-ups and key plays down the stretch in games. I hope his performance last night is a sign of his play we’ll see next week.
Tonight, a Cavs win and a Bulls loss means the Cavs don't play Miami in the first round. Say it with me now, "Let's Go Cavs, Nets!!!!"