Cleveland Cavaliers' Losing Streak Throws Shade on Manny Harris' Performance

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IFebruary 2, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 31:  Manny Harris #6 of the  Cleveland Cavaliers shoots over Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during a game against at American Airlines Arena on January 31, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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As much as it is a team effort, and losing has been the results of Cleveland’s team effort since LeBron’s departure, you have to sometimes step back and view the pieces of the puzzle individually.

Former Michigan star Manny Harris has been getting more playing time because of the injury bug that has made its way to Ohio, and in his past two games has performed well against formidable defenses.

Without Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson, Anderson Varejao and Leon Powe on the floor the Cavaliers seem aimless, but Harris has managed to have 20-point games, tying for second best in his season only behind his 27-point game against the Phoenix Suns. He may not be in the running for Rookie of the Year, but his performances are showing sprouts of improvement and promise.

In games where he has played 20 minutes or more, fourteen, he has been shooting for at least 40 percent from the field in six of them. In his games against Orlando and Miami, he stroked the idea of a double-double. He has a huge chance to grow with the organization if only the pieces around him could show as much heart as the fans have been.