Tag:1-man team
Posted on: November 12, 2008 4:11 pm

Cavaliers of New, Look Like Cavaliers of Old

Last night the Cavs beat Milwaukee 99-93 but something just did not sit right with me.  LeBron scored 41 points on 16-24 shooting so that was well within his normal shot selection.  What was it?  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, until I glanced at the box score.  If you take LeBron out of the stats the rest of the team shot 39.5% on 19 from 48 from the field.  This will not get it done against teams of higher caliber.  If you add LeBron into the stats then they were 35-72 for 48.6%.

Breaking it down if you look at the front court they are doing their part of the scoring.  Z shot 6 for 10 and put up his usual average of about 15 points per game.  Looking at Ben Wallace…0-3 not going to comment on that, he isn’t supposed to score.  As per Anderson Varejao, another nice effort off of the bench shooting 5-5.  J.J. Hickson also put up one shot which was blocked easily by the opposing defender. Together they shot a combined 11-19 for a shooting percentage of 57.9%.

Looking at the back court is a whole different ball game.  Delonte West was the only bright spot from these guys putting up 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting.  Mo Williams did not look too comfortable last night going 3-11 from the field.  The sharpshooters for the team (Wally Szcerbiak and Daniel Gibson) shot a combined 0-11 for 27.6%.

It turned into the LeBron show as usual.  As seen in the playoffs last year against Boston this will just not get it done.  What happens when LeBron gets double teamed and one of our players can’t hit a wide open shot?  If this continues to occur I see the Cavs sputtering in the playoffs against a defensive minded team.  On the plus side Anderson Varejao seems to love the amount of playing time he is getting.  He has been a pleasant surprise so far.

LeBron apparently weighs 275lbs and is 6’9” according to one of the reporters on ESPN’s Coast 2 Coast.  Talk about a big boy.

Category: NBA
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