Game 52: Kings at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
Of course, there was no need. The Cavs jumped all over the Kings right from the start. Coach Mike Brown didn't need to motivate the players and use that devastating 44-point loss.
The Cavs have now won three in a row. The focus now has to be on the Pistons, who are just 12-15 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
They could have a four-game winning streak heading into the All-Star break. Of course, they'll have to do it without starting center Anderson Varejao, who is out with a sore back. By missing these two games, Varejao will have a week off before the Cavs' next game.
It makes sense for the long haul. If they are going to do any damage this season, they'll need him manning the middle.
Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett, Tyler Zeller and Henry Sims played well in the paint for the Cavs. They didn't miss Varejao against the Kings. They might against the Pistons.
Detroit's two starting bigs, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, will do some damage around the basket.
But Bennett can pose some problems for the Pistons with the way he can stretch the defense with his shooting. He can shoot the 3, as well as the mid-range jumper. I love how he's playing right now. He had his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Sims fouled out against the Kings, but ended with seven points and five rebounds. He's a tough kid. He dishes out hard fouls around the basket. He's not dirty by any means, just rugged. I want to see more minutes from Sims. He's too good to hold down any longer.
Zeller had six points and four rebounds. At times, he was manhandled inside.
Thompson was very good with 16 points and 13 rebounds. This foursome will have to show up on Wednesday in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Cavs haven't lost a game since they made the move from the fired Chris Grant to the promotion of David Griffin as the acting general manager. Is it a coincidence? I don't know.
I have to say I was a bit shocked when Kings coach Mike Malone mentioned after the game that he's sure "Grant is smiling at home" with the success of Bennett.
Wow. Nice zinger.
It would be something if Bennett takes off. Grant can't be rehired now.
Cousins was left off the Western Conference All-Star team, but it wasn't because of his talent level. The 6-11, 270-pounder is averaging 22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.23 blocks. He is quite a handful.
He had 21 points, but no field goals in the second half. He had 10 free throws.
UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Detroit at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
C Tyler Zeller (7-0, 250) vs. DeMarcus Cousins (6-11, 270)
Kings - N/A