I'm not sure how closely many of you watched it because the Browns were on at the same time, but the Cavs win over Orlando really showcased some things about this team.
As I touched on in the article linked above, the most impressive thing about the win was LeBron James didn't have to do it all. In fact, not only didn't he touch the ball on Donyell Marshall's 3-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation, he didn't touch the ball on the Cavs first five possessions in overtime. The Cavs scored on all six of those possessions, which won them the game.
Rather, it was Larry Hughes who ran things. In overtime, Eric Snow brought the ball down, he'd pitch it to Hughes on the left wing, who ran the exact same play over and over while LeBron stood in the corner. Last year this team couldn't seem to score a point in clutch time unless LeBron did it, and often he couldn't.
Donyell has been getting a lot of attention and rightfully so in the early going, but I've been telling people that Hughes has been way better than his stats. He had 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals in Orlando, his best statistical night of the year. But his role was equally important last week in the blowout over the Grizzlies. When LeBron went to the bench in that game with foul trouble in the second quarter, Hughes basically took over the game.
I don't get to hear the call-in shows when I'm on the road, but I really haven't heard a lot of credit being given to Hughes by the fans thus far and that's an injustice I'm trying to fix. I don't care what the stats say, he's playing like an All-Star right now.
Other things rattling in my head include, but are not limited to...