Well, there’s one missed free throw.
Denver grabbed the headlines with its ninth straight win. Kyrie Irving was the high guy for the Cavaliers with 26 points. But not wanting Irving to feel by himself in doing everything for the Cavaliers, Gee had 20 points. He barely missed a shot. He was 8-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the three-point area while hitting 1-of-2 in free throws.
It was an absolutely remarkable performance for a player who has started all 51 games for the 15-36 Cavaliers and is shooting only 40.7 percent from the floor and 30.9 percent from the three-point area. He’s 80 percent from the charity stripe.
He caught fire on a day the Cavs came up against the hottest team in the NBA and couldn’t pull out the win. Gee had scored a combined 14 points in the previous two Cav’s games which were wins over Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats, albeit both of those teams aren’t in the same neighborhood as the Nuggets.
Gee is making some contributions in the assists and steals area. But it’s obvious the Cavaliers need him to help take pressure off Irving in the scoring department. Gee showed what he could do against the Nuggets. Now he needs to show what he can do against other teams.
It wouldn’t hurt to do some improvement on defense. Denver exploited weaknesses in the Cleveland defense as the Nuggets have done to others. Denver outscored Cleveland 62-31 in the paint and had a 19-5 lead in fastbreak points. It’s why Gee’s perfect night wasn’t enough for Cleveland.