Remember JJ Hickson? That rookie that caught your eye with his energy off the Cavaliers bench?
Mike Brown doesn’t seem to.
The second half of he season Hickson gave the Cavaliers 10.4 points on 56 percent shooting, pus six boards a game in 23 minutes every game. He was a quality role player off the bench.
In the playoffs, he hasn’t seen the floor. Shaquille O’Neal is back, that was going to cut into Hickson’s minutes, but add in Anderson Varejao, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Antawn Jamison and Hickson becomes the odd man out.
Brian Windhorst tweeted that LeBron James doesn’t want it to be that way.
LeBron said he’d like to see what JJ Hickson more in Game 4. But Mike Brown said that his main plan with bigs is to get Shaq going.
Shaq was 2 of 8 from the floor, with three fouls, in 20 minutes Thursday night. He was just 2 of 6 at the rim (layups and tip ins). Mike Brown knows he’ll need him down the line.
But Hickson earned his chance. He brings an energy the Cavaliers could have desperately used that for the first three quarters of their one playoff loss. He’s not going to get big time minutes, but against the energy of Chicago’s front line (read: Noah) he could be a big help.