NBA Developmental League call-up Billy Thomas hit his first 3-pt shot of the game Friday night at ‘The Q'. That moved him ahead of Eric Snow for 3-pt baskets on the season.
The night would only get goofier from there.
The Cavaliers went into Friday night's game with the Washington Wizards with six NBA players on their roster after Thursday's deadline deals sent six others packing. They came out of the game with an unlikely, improbable and highly entertaining 90-89 win over the incredulous Wizards.
LeBron James led a team that was fortified by two ‘D' League call-ups, Thomas and Kaniel Dickens, by scoring 35 points, snagging 15 rebounds and passing out 8 assists. Damon Jones reminded his coaches and the fans that he's still around by adding 27 points and 4 assists.
Every man on the active roster played and contributed. It's been a long time since you could say that in regard to the Cavaliers. Never mind that there were only eight players on that roster.
Fans came to hopefully get a glimpse of the four new Cavaliers and all four were on hand at ‘The Q'. Wally Szczerbiak, Ben Wallace, Delonte West and Joe Smith all showed up at the arena and took in a wild game that was a much an oddity as it was an athletic contest. Fans actually gleefully looked forward to the game as much to see how a shorthanded team would respond as for any other reason. But with James all things are possible. And the Cavs superstar hit two free throws with 7 seconds left to give the Cavs a 90-89 lead that survived a DeShawn Stevenson floater from the lane to end the game and the night.
The Cavs will likely have their 4 new toys ready for action on Sunday night when they tip off at 6pm against Memphis. Expect the remaining 27 games to feature about 15 different starting lineups and 27 different rotations as guys mix in and come back from injuries. There's no way to tell if the new-look Cavs will experience success throughout what remains of the regular season or in the post season. But it's sure going to be interesting. Maybe not as interesting as Friday night, but it won't be dull.