Assuming Alonzo Gee isn't the long-term solution at small forward -- and no one in the 216, 440 or 330 thinks he actually is -- the Cavs' search for wing scorers is about to intensify.
Over his last two games, starting shooting guard Anthony Parker is a combined 2 of 15 from the floor for five points. Five points. In two games. Christian Eyenga went scorless in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but Gee changed all of that with a season high 18 points Wednesday against the Spurs.
That does little to change the Cavs' greatest need this offseason -- adding wing players who can put the ball in the basket. Most teams' most explosive scorers come at shooting guard and small forward. Parker, the Cavs' starting shooting guard, is averaging nine points a game. Eyenga, the starter until tonight, is averaging 7.9 points per game.
Whether it's one of the two lottery picks or free agency, the Cavs must find someone who can consisently create his own shot and score from the perimeter. Until that happens, there will be more nights like watching Manny Harris struggle to knock down 2 of 10 shots and Parker go 1 of 7 from the floor.
Samardo Samuels 23 points**, 10 rebounds**
Alonzo Gee 18 points*, seven rebounds
Ramon Sessions 14 points, seven assists
J.J. Hickson 12 points, seven rebounds
George Hill 22 points*, five assists
Tim Duncan 16 points, four rebounds, six assists
DeJuan Blair 14 points, 10 rebounds
Gary Neal 14 points
** - career high, * - season high
Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair combined for 15 points in the first six minutes of the third quarter to turn a five-point game at the half into a blowout.
The Spurs scored 54 points in the paint, 16 more than the Cavs.
They said it
"I just started cracking up laughing. You've got to be kidding me." -- Cavs coach Byron Scott, upon learning Luke Harangody was out with a right hip pointer.
The Cavs (11-49) travel to the New York Knicks (30-28) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.