After ailing from the flu, Lebron James returned to the court Friday night to take on the San Antonio Spurs. It didn't look like Lebron missed much and came out firing, dropping 22 points in only 20 minutes.
Shaq struggled from the field, shooting 3-11 and finishing with eight points in 23 minutes.
I was able to watch the Cavaliers last game against the Wizards and I was disappointed how they used Shaq. He was setting a lot of screens from above the free-throw line and when he was rolling, the Cavs were late to get him the ball. I even saw Shaq hold the ball from the three-point line at one point. I believe he is best used down low in an isolation play. Clear one side out, and give him the ball within six feet of the basket.
J-Moon had another good game. Although only having one point at halftime, Jamario scored 11 points in the second half on 4-7 shooting to finish with 12 points in 22 minutes. It looks like the Cavs are very comfortable with Moon coming off the bench. Having been a starter in Toronto and Miami, the Cavaliers had an opportunity to start him when Lebron James was out with the flu. Instead, the Cavaliers started Jawad Williams who averages 1.2 PPG and 0.2 RPG. With a little hint of sarcasm in that last sentence, I am still comfortable with Moon coming off the bench.
The Spurs looked really good. They outscored the Cavaliers in every quarter but the fourth. This team should be one to reckon with come playoff time. I've always been a fan of the Spurs. They just play team basketball and never have any show-boaters. Tony Parker is one of my favorite players. He can get to the basketball whenever he wants. Last night he had a stunning spin move in the middle of the paint to score a layup.
Another player that just plays basketball is Tim Duncan. Initially I wasn't a fan of Timmy because he seemed too bland. But as time went on and I understood the game more, how can't you like him? He's almost a robot on the floor. He's going to give you around 20 and 10 every night. He does argue a lot of calls, but he is one of the most consistent player in the league.
The Cavaliers are in Dallas tonight to take on the Mavericks.