Cavs 106, Spurs 80
By the time I made it into the Cavs locker room tonight, the ice bags had already been removed from Antawn Jamison's sore left knee. Anthony Parker sat on the training table getting his finger wrapped.
The injuries are mounting for the Cavs, but no one seems overly concerned right now. That may or may not change tomorrow, when the players are reevaluated at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jamison downplayed his knee injury, saying it hurt initially but eventually started to feel better. He went so far as to say he could've returned had it been the regular season. But the knee will be checked again tomorrow.
"The 2 1/2 hour bus ride won't help," Jamison said.
The typically-pampered players went old school with Thursday's game at Pittsburgh. They practiced in the morning in Independence, took a bus to Pittsburgh, then rode home after the game.
Jamison will turn 34 in two months and he has a history of knee problems. He missed time early in camp with tendinitis in his left knee, the same knee he injured on Thursday. Yet no one seems too concerned right now with his future status. Don't be surprised if he is held out the rest of the preseason, though, as a precaution.
As Byron Scott has already said multiple times, he already knows what Jamison can do. He'll use the final three games to look at other guys like Joey Graham and Manny Harris.
I asked Scott if Harris was beginning to grow on him, since he played the entire second half. Scott said it was more a matter of the injury to Parker and not wanting to burn out Mo Williams or Ramon Sessions by playing them too many minutes. Makes total sense, but it's worth noting that Danny Green played just seven minutes after not playing at all in the two games at Texas.
Harris played well again on Thursday and continues to do something every time he's on the court to make you take notice. The same can't be said for Green, who did fine in limited time on Thursday, but otherwise has struggled during the preseason. The minutes allotment, more than anything, indicates where Scott is heading at this point. It's still way too early to say Harris is on the roster and Green is off it, but now isn't the time for Green to be house hunting in Cleveland.
* Saw J.J. hit a jumper for the first time tonight. He very well could've hit plenty of others that I've missed, but it was good to see him knock one down after hearing so much about his new jumper during camp. Still, Hickson was 9 of 19 from the floor. Guys playing that close to the basket should do better than that.
* It's official: Ramon Sessions is good. Really good. He had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Granted, the Spurs' lineup consisted of guys stolen off the Cavs' Scream Team, but Sessions consistently gets inside and plays good defense. He may not win an MVP, but the Cavs plucked a core guy for the future and a decent 7-footer in Ryan Hollins for Delonte West. Well done.
* Scott said after the game that he thinks Leon Powe is moving well, but I saw a guy tonight still laboring to get up and down the floor. Powe also wanted no part of diving for a loose ball after his dribble got away from him. Although, granted, it's the preseason.
* Just saw Boobie's tweet from a few minutes ago. "This 2hr Bus Ride..After a hard Game.. Is for the Birds!!" Cracked me up.