Recap: Cavs 97, Kings 93 (Or, Kings for a day)

March 17th, 2011 by John Krolik

Overview: The Cleveland Cavaliers got their fifth road win of the season at the expense of the lowly Sacramento Kings. Ramon Sessions led the Cavaliers with 20 points on 15 shots, and Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 23 points.

Rumors of Ramon Sessions’ demise may have been exaggerated bullets:

RAZOR RAMON! Boy, did he need this game in the worst way. The Kings’ defense was just what the doctor ordered for Ramon — only 2 of his 20 points came from outside of the paint. And while 6 assists against 4 turnovers isn’t anything to write home about, it is enough of an improvement to read on a blog about. And how about that shot that ended up becoming the game-winner? I knew it was too early to give up on you, Razor Ramon.

Hickson’s back in a bit of a groove, Harangody decided to go back to making shots, and Samardo had his moments, although I feel the latter is really starting to look like an overachieving undrafted rookie who went undrafted for a reason.

Good deal. The team really needed a win without Baron, and it got one.

I’ll make my quick note on DeMarcus Cousins — he is a wonderful rebounder, shockingly good passer, and has lots of size and talent. However, when the ball leaves his hands, it is far more likely to end up in the hands of the other team than it is to end up in the basket or the hands of a teammate in a position to score.

Being able to put the ball in the hoop or the hands of your teammates rather than near the hoop or in the hands of opposing teammates is a very fundamental tenet of effective basketball, and that has been a major problem for DeMarcus Cousins this season. Yet the overwhelming consensus on him seems to be that he’s a major, major talent who is a few tweaks away from dominance. He may the least efficient forward in basketball. I would be fine with a”Tyreke was out, DeMarcus is 20, this was a wake-up call season for him, he’s still talented” reading of this season, but I seem to see way more “This guy can grab rebounds and hurl the ball in the direction of the basket WITH THE BEST OF THEM! Sure, the shots aren’t going in and they’re not smart shots to be taking, but he’s 20! Just wait until he can drink legally!” I don’t really understand it. Until next time, everyone.