Tuesday, June 12, 2007

All hands on deck

This just in, via the Channel 5 pregame show:

Larry Hughes is inactive for tonight's game. His foot, injured in the Detroit series, is simply wreaking havoc with his ability to guard Tony Parker.

Activated in place of Hughes and Ira Newble are Shannon Brown and David Wesley, neither of whom have seen a dribble of game action since the end of the regular season.

Also, Channel 5 reportedly confirmed that Daniel Gibson will start at the point, with the initial responsibility of containing Parker.

Translation? This is it. Any hope the Cavs have of rallying to win this series begins and ends tonight. The Cavs will throw everything they have at Parker to try and stop him and contain San Antonio's offense.

By the end of the night, the Cavs will either have found something that works, or the cartridge will be empty and we'll be staring down the barrel of a likely sweep.

Nevertheless, I have to think benching Hughes is the right move at this point. That foot is preventing him from contributing in any meaningful way, and now is the time to change things up and try to turn the tide in the series.

For the Cavs, this is Last Chance Gulch.

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