Cavs Nation Poll Question
The Cavalier reserves have become a team strength, and in the last 13 games (as of March 1st), the Cavs are receiving 40.9 points per game from their bench, which is the 6th-most in the NBA.
Furthermore, the Wine and Gold have had at least two reserve players score in double figures in 14 of 16 games spanning from Jan. 25th - March 1st.
With numerous contributions coming from the second unit, we ask YOU the fans...
Which Cavalier bench performance was the most impressive?
- February 2 vs. Thunder
After trailing by as many as 11 points in the third quarter to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cavaliers – keyed by the reserves – began to make their move to end the period. Fueled by Wayne Ellington, Miles and Speights, the second unit started of fourth on 16-6 run, leading to a season-high 39 points in the period.
The Cavaliers would finish off the furious comeback in the fourth quarter, KNOCKING OFF OKC 115-110 in front of a packed house at The Q.
Mo Speights gave the Cavaliers both a physical and emotional lift – netting 13 of his 21 points in the fourth period, going 6-of-8 from the floor. He also added 10 boards, three helpers and a blocked shot.
- February 6 vs. Bobcats
One game after the Thunder victory, the bench bunch was back at it again on Feb. 6th against the Charlotte Bobcats at The Q.
Three-pointers by C.J. Miles and Wayne Ellington early in the second quarter gave the Cavs some separation, and they never looked back, POUNDING THE BOBCATS in a 122-95 victory.
Seven members of the Cavaliers bench recorded a bucket led by Ellington with 16 points. Mo Speights once again put together a solid performance, chipping in 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds while Luke Walton and Shaun Livingston combined to tally 10 points and 11 assists.
- February 8 vs. Magic
The reserves kept outdoing themselves, and just two days after the aforementioned Bobcats victory, they led the Cavaliers to a 119-108 WIN for their third straight.
Cleveland had a 51-15 edge in bench points, led by Mo Speights, who recorded 18 points and five rebounds, while shooting a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line in 22 minutes. Speights became the first Cavalier reserve since Ramon Sessions on Jan. 5, 2011 to shoot 12-12 from the foul line.
Almost overshadowed by Speights’ solid play, Wayne Ellington came up big on both sides of the floor – going 3-for-5 from long-distance for 14 points and playing solid defense on Orlando’s Aaron Afflalo in the closing minutes of the victory.
- February 23 at Magic
The Cavaliers hit the road for the first time in over three weeks and their second unit did much of the heavy lifting when they got there – combining for a season-high 59 points to lead the WINE AND GOLD PAST THE MAGIC, 118-94, in Orlando.
"When you have four games in five nights it’s good when you can rest your starters for a whole quarter," commented Head Coach Byron Scott following the victory. "Again, our bench guys did a heck of a job coming in that fourth quarter, not only maintaining but increasing the lead so I didn’t have to bring those guys back in.”
In the victory, the Cavs’ reserves were led once again by Mo Speights’ game-high 18 points (13 in the fourth quarter) and eight rebounds. C.J. Miles hit 4-7 (.571) shots from deep and tallied 16 points and six rebounds, while Wayne Ellington was 3-6 (.500) from beyond the arc and had 15 points and four rebounds off the bench.