Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/8/12
A few quick thoughts on the Cavaliers thrilling 100-99 win at Denver on Wednesday: 1. Ill be honest, the Cavs have no business beating a good team like the Nuggets, on the road, without injured big man Anderson Varejao. At least, thats what I kept telling myself after this one. But as Cavs fans are slowly learning, with Kyrie Irving, all things are possible. 2. Its true that Irving made the game-winner with 4 seconds left. Its true that he is already one of the best finishers in the game -- with a Steve Nash-like ability of hitting layups over and around taller defenders. And its true Irving is having so much fun playing the game that he rarely seems to feel any pressure. But what goes unnoticed is how he made life difficult for speedy Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson at the other end. That was especially the case late in the game. 3. Irving is a remarkable fourth-quarter player. Yes, Im stating the obvious. But honestly, hes less than 50 games into his pro career, and if youre Cavs fan, you never have to worry if he finishes the first quarter with 0 points (as he did Wednesday). You just know hell be there at the end. 4. Irving scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 2:36. That sentence should just sit there for a minute and be read over and over. 5. Done yet? OK, good. Lets move on to the next thought. 6. A Cavs fan named Sandy sent this e-mail after the game: KYRIE-MARKABLE!! That should be his new nickname. I kinda like it. 7. How confident is the Cavs 19-year-old rookie? (Yes, its hard to remember that hes just 19.) Well, his game-winner came after a full-court drive against Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo, considered one of the leagues best backcourt defenders. He picked me up full-court, Irving said. I take it as a test when someone picks me up full-court. Clearly, it was a test Irving aced. 8. OK, we know all about Kyrie now. But what about Antawn Jamison? He finished with a game-high 33 points, including 26 in the first half. Without the veteran forward, Irvings game-saver never wouldve been possible. 9. After watching Jamison in games like the ones against the Nuggets, Washington (30 points), Detroit (32) and Milwaukee (34), Im not sure why most fans seem to be in a major rush to trade him. Its hard to envision the Cavs receiving anyone or anything of equal value in return. Thats not to say Jamison is little more than a scorer -- but hes a scorer this years team drastically needs. Drastically. 10. The more likely scenario is for the Cavs to let Jamisons deal expire at the end of the season and use the salary cap space for themselves in trades. For now, though, they like having him around and they need him -- if for no other reason than to be a leader with a positive attitude who keeps the team from losing by scores of 100-67. 11. And despite several reports, the Cavs have no plans to buy out Jamisons contract at the moment. It would make little sense. 12. Finally, I hope you had a chance to see Alonzo Gees monster dunks. Gee can occasionally be maddening with a careless turnover here or there, but few NBA players have made as big of a leap from last season to this. He has been an underrated force in wins, his athleticism and determination occasionally changing the tone of the game. Against the Nuggets, he finished with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and seven rebounds. Not bad from a second-year forward who most fans weren't expecting much from at the start of the season. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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