NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers Still Know How to Finish Out Close Games

November 6th, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
After the Cavaliers blew a 16-point lead last Saturday night and saw a fourth-quarter lead disappear on Tuesday, the magic and resolve they showed in a comeback victory on opening night seemed like a distant memory.

They were 1-3, the second-half defense (much like last year) was non-existent, and offensive execution in the fourth quarter was...not sharp, to say the least. Players were unsure of where to be on the floor and no one looked comfortable with the ball in their hands during crunch time.

But there was one major element missing in those first four games: the starting point guard.

Kind of an important position to have, especially in close games. And especially considering that the guy who would always have the ball in his hands down the stretch in a close game is gone.

Now that Mo Williams is back in the rotation, the Cavs look like they have four of their primary fourth-quarter options set: Williams, Bobby Gibson, J.J. Hickson and Anderson Varejao.

Varejao was a part of every Cavs team that advanced to at least the second round of the playoffs since 2006.

Gibson has be ...

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