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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Game 29: Kings at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: First, we had LeBron James playing in The Q. Now, we have J.J. Hickson. Wonder if he would consider coming back to the Cavs?

I asked him that in pregame, and we all had a good laugh about it. Something is drastically wrong with Hickson's game. Remember what a promising prospect he was? Now, he's digressed to the point of the Kings might not offer him a qualifying offer this summer. If they don't, he'll be an unrestricted free agent.

His play with the Kings has cost him millions of dollars. He played 16 scoreless minutes against the Cavs. He's playing behind DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson.

It would be a toss-up between who was worse on Sunday: Hickson or Cavs center Semih Erden. He didn't score, either, and attempted and missed one shot.

Hickson left via a trade with the Kings last June 30. He hasn't fit in at all with the Kings, as evidenced by a his 5.2-point scoring average. Obviously, he's not a max player. But he is a middle-of-the-road player that has talent and athleticism.

The Kings have lost five in a row, including the last four on the road.

Coach Byron Scott said the Cavs were lucky to win on Sunday. He said the players thought they could flip that switch - again - and play when they wanted to.

After the game, the Cavs told guard Ben Uzoh that they are not re-signing him to another 10-day contract. I looked in his locker after the game and it was cleaned out. What they could really use right now is another shooting guard, especially if they are going to hold Boobie Gibson and Anthony Parker out until after the All-Star break.

It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to bring them back until after the break, other than they don't have a legitimate shooting guard available to play right now. Alonzo Gee is not a shooting guard. Ramon Sessions has been playing some "2," and so has Kyrie Irving.

UP NEXT: The Cavs host the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. 

SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. Marcus Thornton (6-4, 205)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Jason Thompson (6-11, 250)
C Semih Erden (7-0, 240) vs. DeMarcus Cousins (6-11, 270)
SG Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Tyreke Evans (6-6, 220)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Isaiah Thomas (5-9, 185) 
Cavs – G Anthony Parker, G Daniel Gibson
Kings - F Tyler Honeycutt, C Hassan Whiteside
Eddie F. Rush, Bennie Adams, Kevin Cutler


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