Lakers Beat the Cavs with 8,7,6,5…4 players!
“That was, by far, one of the strangest games I’ve ever seen,” D’Antoni said.
How strange. How about the Lakers went into Cleveland with only 8 players and that number was including Robert Sacre, Steve Blake and Ryan Kelly. So strange, that Steve Blake, who is recovering from an ear injury, recorded his first career triple double for LA. So strange, that Ryan Kelly scored a career high 26 points. So strange, that Robert Sacre fouled out with 3 minutes left in the game but was allowed to keep playing because Nick Young twisted his knee, Jordan Farmer had leg cramps and the Caveman fouled out earlier.
“That was just crazy,” Sacre said. “When I got my sixth foul, I was just like, ‘Oh, dang!’ Then I got to come back in, so I thought it was something special. I didn’t know what was going on.” – Sacre on the strangeness of playing after fouling out.
The reason why he was able to come back in was because there is an official rule that says a team must have 5 players on the court.
“I didn’t know about that rule, but it’s a nice rule,” D’Antoni said with a chuckle.
Maybe the most strange thing about the Lakers, who were on a 7 game losing streak, is that they beat the Cavs with their 5-8 players. The final score doesn’t even do the strange beatdown justice because the Lakers had their “full squad” they were leading 36-17 after the first quarter and had a 29 point lead in the 2nd. The Cavs did make a 2nd half run but I was expect a roster of Kyrie Irving, CJ Miles, Luol Deng, Varejao, etc to be able to make a run against Kendall Marshall, Steve Blake, Wes Johnson, Ryan Kelly and Sacre.
To add to the strangeness, the Cavs got 14 points and 8 rebounds from #1 pick Anthony Bennett and they still managed to lose.