If the Cleveland Cavaliers have a few more nights like Wednesday night, it may be time for Pargosanity soon.
With star guard Kyrie Irving out and the Cavs needing a win more than a Thanksgiving turkey needs gravy, little-used point guard Jeremy Pargo came through and had a huge night.
The Cavs came into the game losers of six straight games, and things looked bleak with Irving and reliable back-up guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson both on the bench with injuries.
The Cavs needed someone to step up, and Pargo ended up being that player.
Pargo, who had only played in four games this season before Wednesday, got the start for the Cavs and logged more than 38 minutes. He shot 11 for 19 from the field, while knocking down 4 of his 8 three-point shots. He started out the game hot and helped the Cavs jump out to a lead, and then he was steady throughout the night.
And when the game was close in the fourth quarter and the Cavs needed someone to score during a time when Irving usually takes over, Pargo stepped up. He knocked down 12 points in the fourth quarter and looked great.
His fourth quarter points included a huge three-point shot late in the game and a twisting lay-up late in the game where he was fouled and seemed to will the ball into the rim.
The 6-2 guard also passed out 4 assists, grabbed 5 rebounds and had 1 assist. He also played very good defense and gave the Cavs a much-needed spark.
Pargo was electrifying and was exactly what the Wine and Gold needed.
So far this season, the Cavs have not gotten much of a contribution out of their bench players, and that lack of production has contributed to the 3-8 record.
Wednesday night was just one game, but if Pargo can keep playing like this, or even half as well as he did against Philadelphia, he is going to help the team a great deal until Irving returns. And when Irving does come back from his injury, Pargo can hopefully provide some scoring, defense and a spark off the bench in order to help the second unit.
Many NBA fans and Cavs fans are likely excited about Pargo after his big game against the Sixers, but many are also wondering, “Who is Jeremy Pargo, anyway?”
Pargo, who starred for Gonzaga in college, played in Israel for two seasons before playing for the Memphis Grizzlies last year. Cleveland traded D.J. Kennedy for Pargo and a second-round draft choice over the summer, and Pargo sat on the bench for most of the Cavs first 10 games of the season.
Most NBA fans know about Pargo’s brother, Jannero Pargo, who is in his ninth NBA season. Currently playing with the Washington Wizards, Jannero has played for several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers.
If Jeremy Pargo keeps playing like this, more and more NBA fans will know who he is soon. He plays with great hustle, he’s fun to watch, and if he can help the Cavs grab a few more wins, Pargosanity may be sweeping the nation before you know it.