The Cavs exacted some meaningless and non-existent revenge on the Warriors tonight, defeating the Champs’ Summer squad 91-70. Andrew White was the only Cavalier not to play, listed as a DNP-CD. The Cavs were led by a standout performance from Brandon Paul who finished with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. Edy Tavares added 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Tavares was huge in the middle and a part of a team effort that caused the Warriors to shoot 33% from the field. They were led by 11 points from Alex Hamilton and 10 from Jabari Brown who shot 2-11 from the field. Patrick McCaw was 3-15 for 9 points, while Damian Jones and Kevon Looney were largely invisible.
Brandon Paul - Guard
Paul Stood out all game and should pretty clearly have a spot with the pro club in some capacity. He is a cut above a lot of these guys. In addition to the stats mentioned before, he played strong defense all night matched up frequently with McCaw, a solid NBA role player.
Edy Tavares - Center
Tavares was a force inside defensively all night challenging shots, and gave the Warriors hell. Jones, their starting center, shot 2-9 from the field.
Kay Felder - Guard
Felder played great defensively and made the right plays on offense. He also shot 4-14 from the field after a hot early start, and hasn’t done anything to quell concerns on that matter.
Casey Prather - Forward
Again strong defensively and uses his athleticism well. What translates to the next level is a different question, but I’d have him 3rd on my list for a 2-way. If Paul makes the active roster, he’d be my choice along with White.
TJ Williams - Guard
Got some good time after a strong performance last game. He was good defensively, didn’t shoot well from the floor, and mostly seemed to blend in.
Andrew White - Guard
He’s still who I would have in my 2-way pool, but tonight won’t be part of that decision probably. He only got 5 minutes and managed 2 fouls and a -10 +/-. We’ll consider this a throwaway since it was the tail end of a summer blowout, but something to watch.
Roosevelt Jones - Forward
He didn’t have a good night but only got 10 minutes. I don’t know that he has anything to translate ahead to the NBA level.
At this point, I feel comfortable in saying that Paul is the best player on this Summer Team and that he is an NBA player in SOME capacity. That might be as a deep reserve, but he can play. Tavares too.
Now begins the “playoff tournament” in which the Cavs will probably be the 1 seed, unless someone else is 3-0, I guess. Those games will start on Wednesday. We’ll see you then.