Below are a collection of thoughts on last night’s loss to Memphis…
* The Cavaliers game played out in stark contrast to our Wine and Gold Pregame Podcast last night. Glenn and I started out slow due to working through some technical difficulties, and finished the last 45 minutes real strong…according to me. The Cavaliers started out great, looked to continue their Milwaukee roll, and then turned the ball over 74 times as a team from there en-route to an OT loss against and under .500 team.
* Shaq looked great offensively last night, but he guards the pick-and-roll worse than Z. And Z does a bad job with it. But don’t take my word for that, take the word of Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins: “I was hoping [O’Neal] would still be in the game,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. “So we could use him in the pick-and-roll.” Via Brian Windhorst.
* During the Grizzlies run to get back in the game, I found myself for the first time in years, sitting on my couch thinking out loud that Mike Brown has got to get Daniel Gibson back into the game. 10 points in the 1st quarter, not heard from again basically until 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, where he proceeded to hit another 3 (13 points on night). Gibson’s playing the best basketball of his life.
* Mo Williams is a great scoring guard, and he can create for others as well. But he’s not a true point guard by any stretch. While Mo’s been playing great, and had some tremendous looks in the first half yesterday (8 assists for the game), an elite floor general would not let all the turnovers, stagnant play, and LeBron watching that occured last night happen. Not all Mo’s fault, but John Stockton wouldn’t have let that go on.
* And neither would Earl Boykins. Speaking of PG’s, the Cavaliers don’t have one on the roster, and it showed last night. If you bring an Earl Boykins in off the bench last night in the 3rd quarter, that could have re-directed the ship…instead it sank.
* Hard to find fault with a guy that goes for 43 and 13, and hits what should have been a game winner with less than 20 seconds left in regulation last night, but the Cavaliers only lose focus when LeBron lets them lose focus. Shouldn’t be that way, I know, but he’s the leader, and that’s his job too.