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Like the Cavs need another good player

Feb 22, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

powe.jpgAs if the Cavaliers were not stacked enough, they are about to get deeper and more athletic along the front line.

Leon Powe is due back Tuesday night for Cleveland against New Orleans, according to the Cavaliers guru that is Brian Windhorst. He will be playing in his first game for the Cavaliers this season, after recovering from a severe ACL tear last May.

Powe’s return will not mean big minutes or huge rotation changes (beyond the huge rotation changes already trying to fit Antawn Jamison into the lineup). But Powe, out of Cal (back when the Pac 10 played watchable basketball) is athletic and tough. He made key contributions off the bench to the Celtics title team in 2008. He can play gritty, ugly playoff ball and play it well.

Which makes Cleveland a little bit tougher. And the rest of the league shudders a little at that thought.

  1. sT - Feb 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Yeah, you can say that Powe made some decent contributions (game changing) off the bench for the Celtic’s in that Final’s series. Cleveland’s front line is pretty awesome at the moment, and it will cause many teams trouble in the playoffs for sure, especially the Lakers who have been abused in their two meetings so far this year, it will only get worse for them now with Jamison.

  2. Sguy2130 - Feb 22, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Well according to you the Cavs are the 5th best team in the NBA. So I guess they do need help…..

  3. Ted - Feb 22, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    I think the toughness factor is pretty much offset by the signing of Jamison (not tough) and the return of Powe (tough). But, as far as I am concerned Powe isn’t “athletic” after this surgery until he can prove it. Knee surgery is very derailing, and he may not be anywhere near 100% at all this season or in the playoffs.
    Plus, until Big Z is back on the roster and playing, I don’t think their frontcourt should be considered deep. Varejo is a bum whose hair makes him seem better than he is, Powe will likely be hobbling, Hickson is a bean pole and the new Shaq at the old Shaq. Big Z is a much bigger loss than people have acknowledged and they better hope that they can resign him.

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