Well then.. That was... Infuriating.
- Loved what Dellavadova brought tonight. Sure he could defend Gordon or Evans. He fouled like crazy when he was out there. But his presence in the starting lineup lit a fire under Waiters and his foul trouble allowed Sergey Karasev to come in and lace a few three pointers.
- Bynum had his best game as a Cavalier. He had a great start with a quick 8 points. Played great defense throughout his time on the floor, made a gorgeous pass to Thompson in the third, and even flashed some range on his jumper. He may never be as healthy as he was before his surgery. But he's slowly becoming more comfortable on the court. His development throughout the season will have a massive impact on the team.
- Dion Waiters had arguably his best half as a Cavalier. Hitting 5-7 shots for 14 points was one thing. But he played within the flow of the offense, was locked in on the defensive side of the floor and attacked the basket. Where and how Dion gets his looks is more important than whether or not he makes them at this point. If he continues to attack the rim, make the extra pass, and not over handle the ball, his union with Kyrie Irving will go much smoother moving forward. He cooled off in the second half. But his defense was consistent and his decision making was sound. Mike Brown may chose to start Dellavadova again tomorrow to really hammer home the message. But Waiters has made a strong case to be the Cavaliers starting shooting guard again.
- Anthony Davis is one of the best young players in the game. He's got so much talent and can impact the game in many ways. Tonight his offensive ability was not on full display. Tristan Thompson played an outstanding game against Davis on both ends of the floor. His strength makes him a difficult assignment for Davis. Obviously he is nowhere near the player Davis is, but it sure was nice to see him slow down one of the better young players in the league. Unfortunately he was unable to stop Davis from making his game saving foul on Kyrie Irving.
- Earl Clark and Alonzo Gee were everything I could hope for tonight. If both of them play within themselves and accept their roles, they can be the SF by committee that we hoped they could be coming into this season. Neither of them tried to dribble unless it was a drive to the basket. Clark was awesome knocking down shots from distance. I'm very pleased with the effort they displayed.
- This was one of Jarrett Jack's good games. They come without warning, without reason, and without explanation. They won't be something we can count on. But we must always remember these moments when he makes us want to throw the remote through the TV.