November 17 Philadelphia Daily News:
“When teams play against the 76ers, it seems borderline players become good, good players become unstoppable and opponents are able to quickly right wrongs. Heck, the Princeton offense (remember that) even looked good last night for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they dumped the Sixers, 101-93, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jamario Moon (who?) collected season highs in points (13) and rebounds (eight), while Daniel Gibson came off the bench to pour in 18 and deal eight assists to help the Cavs improve to 5-5.
And what has been the biggest problem for Cleveland thus far this season, third-quarter scoring, also was rectified as the Cavs outscored the Sixers by 26-16 during that frame.
Something, anything that coach Doug Collins hoped to be a positive for this team going into the season has not come to fruition thus far.
“One of the things we thought was going to be really good for us this year was points off turnovers differential, and tonight we were minus-13 [19-6],” said Collins, whose club fell for the ninth time in 11 games. “That’s a killer. This team is very much a precision offensive team. They spread you out, they run the Princeton offense and they move that ball and they’ve got a lot of tough covers.”
Against the Sixers, they do, but with names like Moon and J.J. Hickson and Anthony Parker and Ramon Sessions littering the Cavs lineup, you wouldn’t think defensive stoppages would be as rare as wins.
“We had a miserable third quarter, 26-16,” Collins said. “I look at our coaches all the time asking, ‘Who can I try?’ And that’s a tough thing. I’m still trying to sort through it.
“Their bench has been very good. I think that’s the 10th time they have outscored their opponents. Joey Graham [13 points] got started, posted up and then his jump shot started falling. Then Jamario Moon made every shot. They had a couple shots at the end of [shot] clocks when they threw a three up and they went in and then Ryan Hollins went up and hit a hook shot [just before the shot clock expired]. When you give teams easy scores, then it opens up that basket.”
It opens it up like the Red Sea with Moses standing close by. And when a team like the Cavs starts draining shots from all over the floor with regularity, the defense gets more frustrated and more out of position and makes every possession seem like a game of HORSE – when a team can take a shot from wherever they want.”
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