Post mortem: Cavaliers didn't look their best tonight. Luckily the 76ers weren't especially impressive either.
After locking down on opponents in previous games, LeBron James didn't look particularly dominating on defense against Andre Inguodala, allowing him 21 first half points. In the post game he said that Coach Mike Brown challenged hm to return to the form he'd been exhibiting the past few games against some of the league's better forwards.
Having lost Daniel ''Boobie'' Gibson to a sprained left big toe earlier this week and center Zydrunas Ilgauskas in this game, the Cavs needed someone to step up. Enter Mo Williams who tossed in 27 points and Anderson Varejao who added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Say what you will about the ugliness of this game, but last year at this is time this is one the Cavs would have rolled over and played dead in or they would rely strictly on No. 23. Not this season. Williams displayed tonight by getting a season high 27 points that he can step up and fill that void when needed.
From the coach's office:
Mike Brown on the game overall:
Obviously both teamd didn't have their best game; that happens sometimes. It's good for us, coming off a back-to-back to come into somebody's building knowing that we did not play our best basketball and still get a win.From the locker room:
It's always tough in the league to come fof back-to-back, especially with a running team like this. It's just the mindset that we have that we want to come out every night, no matter whatever it is, we just try to win. Tonight we took care of business.Game: Cavaliers (13-3) at Philadelphia (9-13)
We’ve talked about having a deep team, now it’s going to have to come in play a little bit, missing one of our key guys.In the locker room:
He spreads the floor. He’s capable of handling the ball also. That’s always dangerous when you have a guard that bigger (shooting) guards have to match up with who can out quick them. He can put them in plays – point guard plays…we’re definitely going to miss that aspect of our team.