Playing without LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, Richard Jefferson, Mike Dunleavy and Channing Frye, the Cleveland Cavs’ gang of journeymen and 2nd round picks (and steals) almost beat Dwight Howard, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver and the Hawks on Monday.
The Cavs were led by 5’8 Kay Felder, who was drafted by the Hawks and had 15 points and 6 assists in 33 minutes against them. Undrafted Jonathan Holmes came off the bench and tied Felder’s 15 in just 17 minutes. Cory Jefferson had a nice double-double of 13 (5-7 fg) points and 11 boards, James Jones had 12 and Jordan McRae followed up his back-to-back 20 point games with a roto-friendly 12 points, 5 assists, 3 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocks. The Cavs also got 10 points out of Markel Brown.
The Hawks new big ($70.5 million) man Dwight Howard did have his way with the Cavs and put up 26 points and 8 boards, but almost ended up on a play of the day when he almost lost a rebound to the 5’8 Felder. Although Dwight got the board, he missed the wide-open put back, which led to an assist by Felder and bucket by Jefferson.
2ND ROUND PICKS
- Kay Felder (54th pick) 15 points, 6 assists
- Cory Jefferson (60th pick ) 13 points, 11 rebounds
- Jonathan Holmes (Undrafted) 15 points, 5 rebounds
- Jordan McRae (58th pick) 12 points, 5 rebounds
- James Jones (49th pick) 12 points, 5 rebounds
- Markel Brown (44th pick) 10 points
- DeAndre Liggins (53rd pick) 7 points, 6 rebounds