Recap: Cavs 111, 76ers 95 (Or, this might not be so bad after all)

October 19th, 2010 by John Krolik

– Okay, I’m a little bit excited. I’m not going to lie. This is the first look we got at the Hickson-Varejao starting tandem, and it went very, very well.

This is the best way to get excited about the season: a Moon/Hickson/Varejao frontcourt features three players who will be either faster or more athletic than their counterpart nearly every single night, and Byron Scott wants to exploit that advantage. (If the starting backcourt was Sessions/Williams, the Cavs would have a speed advantage at nearly every position, but I do begrudgingly concede that the real NBA isn’t NBA 2K. Still, I want to see Sessions running point with Mo at the two-guard.)

The final numbers on the frontcourt: 22 points on 16 shots for JJ and 11 rebounds. 11 points on 7 shots for Varejao and 11 more rebounds. 8 points on 4 shots and 4 rebounds for Jamario. Hickson went 3-5 on jumpers taken outside of the key, and Andy even knocked one down from the top of the circle. If JJ can hit that 17-footer (WHEN HE’S ABSOLUTELY LEFT OPEN AND THERE’S 15 SECONDS OR LESS ON THE CLOCK) with enough consistency to keep the floor stretched for Andy, this could be a revelation.

More good numbers: 30 assists on 43 field goals for the Cavs. Points in the paint were 50-24 in favor of the wine and gold. 17-6 advantage in fast-break points. If the Cavs are going to win games, this is how it’s going to look.

Assists from unlikely sources tonight: Boobie had what would have been a career-high nine dimes, Mo Williams had seven, Anthony Parker had five, and Ramon Sessions only had four. I still don’t see how this team is going to consistently run the type of offense it wants to run without relying heavily on Sessions, but they made it work on Tuesday.

-Hollins seems to have earned a rotation spot in Varejao’s absence, although Jamison was a DNP-CD tonight. Eyenga also got minutes tonight, which Powe, Danny Green, and Manny Harris did not. Solid night for Jawad Williams as well.

– Is Andres Nocioni a Cavs-killer, or do I just not like him that much? I can’t remember which one it is.

– Who’s still riding the Evan Turner hype train? I can’t remember hearing anything about him for at least a month and a half.