So the “second half” didn’t get off the start us Cavs fans had hoped for the Wine and Gold. In fact, it was about as bad as it possibly could have been. I’m kind of glad I didn’t go to that game. The highlight of the game (well not the highlight but the play that symbolized the entire game) came at the end of the third quarter. Dwayne Jones grabbed a rebound with 5 or so seconds left. Passed out to LeBron who raced down the floor. Instead of attacking or even pulling up for three (or even a half court shot would have been better than what he did), he passed the ball back to Dwayne at the top of the key who was running full speed and was more surprised to get the pass than the 285 pound women who is making her 14th appearance on Muary Povich to find the father of her baby and the paternity test results came back negative even though she was certain this one was the father despite the fact she slept with 22 men in a 24 day span and couldn’t tell you the name of the guy. LeBron, shoot the ball. You can’t really think Dwayne Jones shooting from the top of the key is a better option than you from anywhere on the floor, even 90 feet away. (Speaking of Dwayne, does anyone else immediently think of the guy Kimmy Gibbler dating on Full House? “Uhhh, Whatever” What a great character.)
Has there ever been a lease affective triple double in NBA history? LeBron got his 15th career regular season triple double in the third quarter and yet, it didn’t do anything for the team. The Cavs just never seemed in the game even though they were never really out of it. They got down 16 but still cut the lead back to under 10 by the end of the quarter. If you look at the box stats you would think this was a close game. But it never was. The Cavs had no chance to win. I guess that’s what happens you shoot 38% from the floor.
It was just an ugly, ugly game that hopefully can be chalked up as just post All-star break slag. To go 21-9 in the second half and get to 50 wins, they better hope that’s all it is. The Cavs have to turn things around tonight in Indiana. The second of a back-to-back on the road is not something the Cavs have been good at. They need to come to play tonight and win this game. It doesn’t make or break the season but it could set the tone for the next few games.
But don’t worry, at least the Cavs are the New York Knicks. A great story from last night’s game had “classy” Zach Randolph and “good-guy” Nate Robinson have an “out of character” moment. During a timeout in overtime, Randolph threw a cup of water on Robinson and he responded by throwing a towel at Randolph. I would love to sit on that bench for one game. I don’t think there could be a more entertaining way to spend three hours.
And for all us Cavs fans who think they need point guard help, don’t worry, help could soon be on the way. The latest out of Miami is the Heat are going to buy out Smush Parker if they can’t deal him (and there’s no way they deal him). That could open the door for Smush to have a triumphant return to Cleveland. (If this happens, I will no longer be a Cavs fan.)