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Cavaliers bring out big gun… well Baron Davis, for Heat

Mar 29, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

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There has been less hype, maybe there will be less venom when the Heat return to Cleveland for the second time this Tuesday. The game was not even a sell out hours before tip off. Maybe it will be more basketball and less circus. We can hope, anyway.

But make no mistake the Cavs want to win. Badly. As evidence they are starting Baron Davis Tuesday, tweets Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. That comes about 24 hours after Davis himself said he was not ready to play starters minutes, but what does he know?

Here’s a little secret — Davis has played well in limited minutes in Cleveland. In six games he is shooting 45.1 percent (higher than he ever has for a full season) and is hitting 50 percent of his threes). He’s still assisting on nearly 40 percent of his team’s baskets when he is on the court.

Look at it this way: Since coming to Cleveland he has a PER of 22.9, which if he did it for a season would have him between Amar’e Stoudemire and Zach Randolph this season. Like All-Star level.

Davis knocking down those pull-up threes and setting up teammates (who also are hitting) is the Cavs best and only real shot at winning this thing and giving the fans of Cleveland the cathartic release they wish. And it’s not going to be enough. But Cleveland fans still hate LeBron and they want this game, so the Cavs are going throw Baron out there and give it a shot.

  1. savocabol1 - Mar 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Ha! You make it sound like we just signed some ex-all star who has been out of the league for a few years to join our squad and take on the “big, bad, heat” as a last ditch effort to save our season.

    You can drum up all the headlines in the world but lets face the facts here: the cavs are starting the best player they have at the point guard position. That is all that is going on here. In fact, the coach is on record (once we traded for him) saying that once Davis is healthy and used to our plays he will be the starter. So, yeah, good article.

  2. trueballs - Mar 29, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    It’s funny…the majority of comments on this website is criticism every article, every author, and every word. Yet they all keep coming back for more! Whatever your doing it’s working PBT.

    • musilly - Mar 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      It’s basketball, man. Most who watch basketball like to argue about it. Would you prefer if every comment was the equivalent of polite, golf applause?

  3. alltimeballa - Mar 29, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Cleveland will need Baron Davis, Sammy Davis, Betty Davis and my neighbor Mike Davis. They will still lose to The Heat.

  4. kertey - Mar 29, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    They are still gonna get killed by the Heat.

  5. craigw24 - Mar 30, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Well, I guess that game worked out pretty well. Ain’t revenge sweet?

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