Last night marked the fifth game in six nights for Cavaliers Forward Luke Harangody. That six game stretch included a 16 point, 10 rebound, double/double during the first start of his NBA career against the Washington Wizards, as well as a four game back-to-back-to-back-to-back which no other player in the NBA or NBDL has completed this season besides Gody.
I don’t know that for a fact to be honest, but I am as sure as I can be without definitely knowing that nobody else has played four straight in and around the League this season. We’d have probably heard about that. We’d have also probably heard if somebody else had squeezed a fifth game in over six days too, but that’s besides the point.
Gody didn’t just play in those four games, he helped multiple teams win in the process. After leading the Cavs to that victory over the Wizards, he then did the same for the Canton Charge in their first round playoff series too. What more do you want from the guy?
In the Cavaliers loss to the Sixers on Wednesday, Luke was back up in the League again but he didn’t get nearly as much playing time as he should have. He did finish with two points on a sick fade-away from the right corner though to go along with 4 rebounds in 13 minutes of work. Next game he’ll definetely play more assuming the Cavaliers want to win that one.
After the game last night, I caught up with Gody and we talked about the recent tear he’s been on.
Stepien Rules: How are you holding up, how’s your body feeling here up after your 5th game in 6 days?
Luke Harangody: You like that Tawn? [Directed at Antawn Jamison who was standing behind me while I was interviewing Gody] That camera? I mean, it is what is. It’s one of those things, you just gotta go out there, and try to compete. Everyone’s going through this right now at the same time, these guys just played five games in seven days, so it’s no different. The stamina has to come from somewhere.
Stepien Rules: How was it on that fourth day, of that fourth game in row?
Luke Harangody: That fourth game, that was rough. I’m even going to have to admit it on that one, my legs were not there. But I had a nice day off yesterday so that was great.
Stepien Rules: Can you reflect back onto your first start, a couple games ago against Washington, what was going through your mind prior to that?
Luke Harangody: It was kind of a crazy twenty-four hours. I just found out I was going to go meet the team in DC, and then when I got there Coach told me I was starting, and I didn’t really expect that. So I just went out there and tried to not do anything special, and go play my game.
Stepien Rules: How does it feel now to be locked in for the rest of the season?
Luke Harangody: I feel good, it’s good to be back with the guys. We’re going to try to push through, we got a tough stretch to finish up the season, but we’re going to push through and find the energy somewhere because it’s gotta come.