Larry Hughes had a fantastic shooting night on Monday and was the main reason we beat the Magic. As I watched the game, I remarked at how easy it is for this team to win when someone besides LeBron James can make a shot. Sure, it helps when LeBron kicks in 29 pts, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals. But if a guy like Larry gets hot, this team becomes very dangerous.
Was Monday a Sign of the Apocalypse?
Maybe… Larry Hughes has shot 50% or better in 7 of the 37 games he’s played this season (including Monday night). Yep, just 7 times.
What are the odds of an encore performance?
Not so good… Because Larry has played like total garbage in every game following a 50% or better shooting night:
- In those 6 games, he’s a combined 15-60, or 25% from the field.
- He’s averaging 6 points, 2.3 assists, and 2 rebounds.
- 63% from the FT line.
- 17% on three pointers.
Don’t take this the wrong way Cleveland fans. I’m encouraged that Larry has taken the time to watch the shooting DVD we got him for his birthday. And yes, he’s trending in the right direction. But let’s put away the All-Star petitions until he can play well 2 games in a row. Bring on the Spurs!
(Note to Rod Thorn: Did you see how Larry Hughes has brought the Cleveland fans together? Can you feel the love? Don’t you want this in New Jersey?)