Whoever said that emotions weren’t running high in this game, as LeBron James and the Miami Heat returned to the Q was wrong; dead wrong. Apparently, it is the Cavs that are on an extra adrenaline rush, looking for payback as LeBron James skipped his introduction by the public address announcer. He got rejected by Christian Eyenga in transition, a feat that Cavs fans grew accustomed to when James was in Cleveland. He also lost his “hard hat” as described by color commentator Austin Carr.
Cavalier center Ryan Hollins was one player in particular playing with some additional vigor. Words were exchanged between himself and Miami guard Dwayne Wade, then Hollins then jumped in Wade’s face in rebuttal. Hollins and the Cavs soon made Wade eat those words; whatever Wade said.
The wine and gold led by as many as 16 after shooting an competent 57.6% from the field. The bench outscored that of the Heat 20-6, and the team shot 5-of-7 from the three land, out clashed Miami on the boards 20-12.
Where has this been all year?
Everyone for Cleveland is contributing; eight players have scored four plus points, with Baron Davis, Ryan Hollins, and J.J. Hickson all with eight or more. Davis’s three point shot buried with zero’s on the game clock iced the momentum headed into the locker room.