I want to start by saying Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of the CH-ers out there. I hope you enjoy yourself. OK, now on to some basketball.
Andrew Wiggins looked aggressive and confident last night in Cleveland. He scored 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including a perfect night from beyond the arc (3-of-3) and 6-of-8 from the line. As Eric noted in his recap, Wiggins took the shots we want to see him take. There's no question his shot chart, and performance in general, was a bright spot in the Wolves' loss to the Cavaliers last night. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Wiggins also took Shawn Marion off the dribble, blowing right past him with an explosive first step, and ultimately threw it down over - yep you guessed it - Kevin Love. That was entertaining to watch. The sequence brought me joy.
Below are highlights of Wiggins and LeBron in their first match-up against each other:
Here's what Andrew Wiggins had to say in his post-game interview:
Bad news for the Cavs?
Anderson Varejao is set to have an MRI on his left foot Wednesday after leaving the game in the third quarter of Tuesday's 125-104 win over the Wolves, according to ESPN.com.
According to Jeff Zillgitt, the injury could be devastating:
There's concern, per those w/info, that Cavs C Anderson Varejao has an Achilles injury. Cavs are hoping for best. MRI scheduled.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) December 24, 2014
Cleveland was already thin up front to begin with and a season-ending injury to Varejao would be a serious blow to their title aspirations. Tristan Thompson would most likely step into the starting lineup, leaving little-used reserves Lou Amundson and Brendan Haywood as the remaining big men options off the bench.
We'll see what happens, but you have to imagine an Achilles injury to Varejao will put the pressure on GM David Griffin to trade for a more capable big.
That's all I have for today. Merry Christmas, and may Andrew Wiggins become everything Kyrie Irving believes he can be.
(2/4) Kyrie Irving on A Wiggins: "He’s a great, young player. He’s going to be one of the greatest guys in our league pretty soon." #Twolves— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) December 24, 2014