If JJ Redick steps onto a basketball court, everyone knows what he is there to do. He is a shooter, and it's absolutely expected that he will live hovering around the three-point line. Which is exactly why it is so valuable that he also be an effective driver. The Cavaliers fell for this with Redick and with Marco Belinelli. Cleveland made sure there was plenty of coverage on the perimeter and both players were able to drive in with ease purely because it wasn't expected. This kind of thing isn't going to work too many times during a game, or even every game, but it will work a handful of times and it's an underutilized weapon.
After a short stint away, Ersan Ilyasova is a Sixer once more. He made his season-debut with the Sixers on Thursday night and finished with six points, two assists, and two rebounds in just over six minutes of action. Not much of a sample size to see how he is going to fit in and how he will compliment the rest of this roster. Though he has played for Brett Brown and with some of the current Sixers, things are completely different so there will be an adjustment period.
Turns out that 33 is just a number. Without a significant injury, and maintaining high minutes through the regular season and playoffs, LeBron James still manages to somehow look like the most spry player on the court even when he's surrounded by youth on both teams. He finished with a game-high 30 points to go with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Robert Covington started out the year on a shooting tear, hovering around 50 percent from beyond the arc. He's been streaky since, and though usually known for his defense, Covington has had a few less than stellar nights on the defensive end. He started out Thursday night with a couple early three's and was excellent on the defensive end. With switching and flow of game, there wasn't a player that he didn't cover at least once. When the long shots weren't connecting Covington didn't slack off on the other end even when picking up the most difficult of coverages with James in front of him. Covington finished with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.