Originally Posted by RedBlackAttack
The statistics help back up this position, too. Prior to Kyrie getting injured, the Cavs' starting five ranked third in the league in average points scored. Also, the starting five's +/- was the best in the league.
Now, statistics such as these can sometimes be deceiving, but in this case, they were spot-on. The starters can and have played with any team in the NBA. When the bench comes in, any lead is immediately gone and, if there is a deficit, it usually doubles in a matter of minutes.
Yes, the Cavs' bench gives the Blazers bench a run for their money... At least when Zeller was hurt earlier in the year.
Yeah, when they played OKC and didn't have Zeller coming off the bench, their back-up bigs that logged minutes were Jon Leuer and Samardo Samuels; two players that have no business being a part of any 8-10 man rotation. Neither do Donald Sloan and Omri Casspi; and if Gibson isn't on, he's useless. Zeller and Gibson is a good start for the bench (unless Varejao gets traded moving Zeler into the starting lineup) but the rest of the bench barelly has any business being on an NBA roster, nevermind being a part of the rotation.
But back to the topic on hand. I was watching their game against the Nets today, and I'm pretty sure the commentator said "And the Blazers bench is finally on the board." It was midway through the third quarter.