Jeremy Pargo came back to earth a little Friday night, but he had another solid game for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In his second start for the Cavs, Pargo scored 15 points in 108 to 104 loss to the Orlando Magic. Pargo shot 7 for 14, but was just 1 for 4 from the three-point line. He also had just 1 assist and 1 rebound, but didn’t have any turnovers.
So while he looked like a superstar in his first start on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers when he scored 28 points and passed out 4 assists, he looked more like a normal NBA player on Friday.
But you know what? That’s just fine.
The Cavs already have a star point guard in Kyrie Irving, and when he comes back from his hand injury in December, he will return to the starting line-up and Pargo will likely return to the bench. If Pargo can keep playing well now and prove to the coaches that he can be relied on to run the offense and play solid defense every night, he will still receive a good number of minutes off the bench and he will have the opportunity to shine.
The Cavs need more of their bench players to step up, and Pargo can be key to that effort. If he can be a reliable second unit player who provides energy and gives the team a spark, it will be a tremendous help for the Wine and Gold. The biggest problem so far this season has been the lack of productivity from the bench, and Pargo looks like he could be a big part of solving that problem.
And while he is in the starting line-up, the Cavs need Pargo to be a scorer at times and he has proven that he can fill that role. On many nights, though, players like Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao will be the leading scorers, and other players may also be able to step up.
Against the Magic, for example, Waiters scored 25 points and Varejao scored 19. Varejao also pulled down 17 rebounds.
It was exciting to see Pargo have a big night in his debut as a starter on Wednesday, and we’ll probably see a few more big games from the 6-2 point guard. But Cavs fans should not expect to see them every night, and they should be happy if they can just get more ordinary nights like Friday night out of Pargo.