We all know how bad the Bobcats are, right? Well if you didn't, you do now. The Cavs and Bobcats were close throughout the first half of this game, but in the second half, Cleveland pulled away and cruised to an easy victory over Charlotte. The 103-90 victory marked the Cavs' 19th win of the season, matching their season total from last year. Although it may not look like much, that is some significant improvement, especially when you consider the fact that this season only has 66 games.
Cavs Leaders: Points: Hudson, 25; Rebounds: Hudson, 8; Assists: Hudson, 6
See those stats up there? I believe that's the first time this season that one player has led the Cavs in all three stats. And that player is Lester Hudson. LESTERIA was in full force on Tuesday night as Hudson dropped 25 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. He was a game-high +27 and really looked unstoppable out there. While I recognize that these are the Bobcats and not exactly the toughest defense to crack, it was still mighty impressive. There were two players on Tuesday in the NBA that had 25-5-5: Lester and some guy in Miami. I think it's amazing that Lester has gotten this opportunity and think it's awesome that he's making the most of it. Once this 10-day contract expires, he'll get signed for the rest of the season and I'm sure the Cavs will work out a team option to bring him into camp next year. I personally look forward to covering him in Vegas for the Summer League. As a 27-year old D-League product, his story fascinates me. As far as rags to riches is concerned, Hudson's story makes Jeremy Lin's look like a cakewalk.
Lost in LESTERIA is the fact that Anthony Parker is having something of a late-season resurgence. And by that I mean, of course, that he's feasting on crappy defenses and perhaps trying to work that into a contract for next season. In his first game back after missing a couple with a sore sternum, Parker dropped 19 points on 7-11 shooting. His defense is still lacking, as Gerald Henderson torched him (and the rest of the Cavs) for 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Kemba Walker also had a pretty nice game for himself, scoring 20 points on just 13 shots.
With the Cavaliers' back-to-back-to-back looming, it seems that Byron Scott is trying his best to spread out the minutes and keep everybody fresh. Tristan Thompson played just 22 minutes against the Bobcats and seemed to have a bit of trouble against Bismack Biyombo. It was a battle of raw athleticism and it would appear that Biyombo simply has a more mature body at this point. I just got kind of excited about the thought of Anthony Davis and Biyombo playing in the same front court. ALL OF THE WINGSPAN.
Omri Casspi actually had himself a decent game. He shot the ball well (5-8, 2-2 from three) and contributed in other ways in limited minutes. Semih Erden also managed not to be terrible. That was nice to see. As a team, it was good to see a 25-10 assist to turnover ratio. Taking care of the ball is one of those things that these young players can learn to value at this stage of the season.
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It's an unbelievable run. His past three games have had scoring totals of 23 points, 26 points, and 25 points. He's contributing all over the box score. Realistically, the Cavaliers might have found their backup combo guard and could save money on paying someone to fill that role. I'm happy for Hudson and I'm ecstatic about the way that the Cavaliers have utilized the D-League system this year. Sifting the D-League for possible gems is exactly what Chris Grant ought to be doing at this point in the season. He already found Alonzo Gee and if Hudson and/or Donald Sloan end up sticking, that would be quite the knack for finding diamonds in the rough.