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Jamison struggles in first game as Cav, but let's keep our heads

Feb 19, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

jamison_game.jpgTonight will likely be the first and last time for the rest of his career that Antawn Jamison wishes he were still a Wizard.

Jamison came off the bench for 18 minutes and shot 0-12 from the floor, scoring only two points and being blocked five times in the Cavs’ 110-93 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats Friday night. Let those numbers wash over you for a minute, then take another minute to let the nausea pass, especially if you’re a Cavaliers fan.

How bad was Jamison’s performance, historically? Our own John Krolik touched on the subject at Cavs The Blog:

Basketball-reference’s database for individual games goes back to the 1986-87 NBA season.

86-87, 14 players have shot the ball 12 or more times without making a
field goal. The last time it happened was in December 2008, when Vince
Carter went 0-13 against the Raptors. It has happened five times since
LeBron came into the league.

Jamison also only had two free
throws, and they came in garbage time. A player going 0-12 or worse
from the field and making two or less free throws has only happened
seven other times since 86-87. Zach Randolph is the only one to
accomplish the feat since LeBron entered the league.

also only had one assist. When you add that to the previous criteria,
only four games qualify. The only players to go 0-12 or worse, make two
free throws or less, and record zero assists in a game are Zach Randolph and Dino Radja. And Jamison’s assist set JJ Hickson up with a
mid-range jumper.

So I’d say that Jamison had a bit of an off night.

Yeesh. But that said, it’s important not to go all bonkers over this. Already there’s a flood of “Do the Cavs regret their trade?!”foolishness blooming across the internets. This was Jamison’s first game in a new system after leaving his home and one of the most disappointing and tumultuous situations in the league. It was the second game of a back to back (SEGABABA) for Cleveland, meaning the offense was running slow.

To think that Jamison’s career in Cleveland will be marked with failure because he had difficulty on his first night after lots of traveling, rearranging his life, and trying to integrate into a brand new system is just plain silly, and ignores one significant factor in this outcome: the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bobcats defense is one of the best in the league, beset by talented, versatile defenders, especially bigs. They operate well in man, man-help, zone, and hybrid schemes, meaning essentially they can affix their approach to any opponent. Throw in their effort and ability and it’s not at all shocking that Jamison struggled. Throw in the other factors and a cold shooting night, and it’s simply one of those things that happens. Let’s wait to see how Jamison responds for the remainder of the season before sounding the panic alarm. 

More on this game in our Baseline to Baseline recap tomorrow morning.

  1. luffy - Feb 20, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Say goodbye to championship ring number 1 for the so called king James. Next season perhaps… Maybe…?

  2. Anonymous - Feb 20, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    i guess you know

  3. Logitech Trackball - Feb 20, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  4. bitmatt - Feb 20, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Since Jamison had just that day been cleared by the league to play, and the Cavs being on the road, I think the warmup before the game was the first time he had even been on the court with his new team. Playing in his hometown didn’t help either. I expect he’ll be a bit more comfortable in Orlando.

  5. jung - Feb 20, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Jamison doesn’t even have time to practice with his new team. The guy was traded and put in to play right away. He needs time to learn the system. Also we lost to the bobcats and the Nuggets before. These are the two teams we would lose with or without Jamison. It’s just a bad match up. Nothing to worry about. If you read the Lakers blog, their fans don’t care about a few loss in the regular season. The more important thing is to have a better team in the playoff. Last year we didn’t make trade, and we lost to the Magics even though we had the best record in the league last season.

  6. Jay - Feb 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Jamison can play ball. Give him a few games. My God, he needs to get adjusted to a team and a locker room with no guns and no B.S.

  7. Patrick - Feb 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Regardless of a new system or team. He was 0-for-12 shooting. Shooting the ball isn’t based on team system. Its a skill. The team system for the Cavs is give the ball to Lebron. How hard is it to learn that? Give the Bobcats credit. They had more new players on their team and they played extremely well and shot 55% from the field.

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