Out with a thumb injury for the foreseeable future, they will have to get through the bulk of the remaining regular season without his services.
Dec 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard DeAndre Liggins (14) at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
This is where DeAndre Liggins steps in. An afterthought on this team to begin the year, he was out on the court for some key stretches during their win.
He started for the team (as he has eight times in 22 appearances this season) and while his numbers were practically non-existent, that may actually be the beauty to his game.
Make no mistake, not getting to the line once during the contest was poor, as was not attempting a single shot or recording a single point.
But this is exactly the reason why Liggins can thrive for the Cavaliers, because he is the anti-Smith and gives them a different way to beat teams.
In that aforementioned game vs the Warriors, Liggins had one assist, two steals and two rebounds with a plus/minus of minus-9.
He also had fewer minutes (22) than Iman Shumpert (27), another guy who will have to step up in the absence of Smith.
Yet he’s still shooting an impressive 53.3 percent from long range this season. This information does come with the caveat that he’s only attempted 15 three-pointers so far (making eight).
But if Liggins was asked to take even two more three-pointers a night (and in Smith’s absence, that is entirely likely), that average would drop, but you feel he’d still make more than he’d miss.
So in a sense he has untapped potential in this area, while also having some joy in the past with long range shooting (he shot 36.8 percent from three as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012-13).
Deandre Liggins and James Jones outscored JR.. don't you ever talk to me about this man ever again.. ????????@Gibbs_mrXXII