August 03, 2009
Leon Powe(notes), who played the past three seasons with the Celtics, reportedly has a contract offer on the table from the Cavaliers. And while it's not a given the forward will sign in Cleveland — Brian Windhorst of The Plain Dealer says Powe could wait for the deal to be sweetened or until further into his rehab to prove his knee is healthy — if he does, I sure know how the story ends. Take a look into my crystal ball ...
Powe! Cavs reserve delivers knockout punch to ex-team
BOSTON (AP) — Apparently, revenge is a dish best served with clam chowder.
Ex-Celtic Leon Powe was the surprising star of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, coming off the bench to score 23 points and grab nine rebounds in Cleveland's 101-97 victory over Boston.
The feisty 6-foot-8 forward signed with the Cavaliers in the off-season after recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee and the reconstructive surgery that followed.
LeBron and fellow stars Mo Williams(notes) and Shaquille O'Neal(notes) get most of the attention in Cleveland, but Powe outscored all three, and for most of the game was even outscoring ex-teammate and Paul Pierce(notes).
"Leon played a great game," Pierce said. "I mean, he came in and did what he had to do. We've seen him do it before, but unfortunately, tonight, he was on the wrong side of the floor."
With starting center O'Neal playing with a sprained left ankle, then getting into early foul trouble, the Celtics went to Powe early in the game. He aggressively went to the basket, shooting eight free throws in the first half and finishing 9-of-12 at the line. He also made his first five shots from the field.
Powe played well during a 12-game stretch when O'Neal was sidelined with a hangnail just after the All-Star break, but the minutes have been sporadic during the postseason. Chances are he earned plenty more with his performance Thursday.
"The minutes don't really bother me. I've got a job to do for this team, and like I said, whenever Coach Brown calls on me, it's my job to go out there and produce, be a constant professional," Powe said.
"And if it's against my old team, so be it."
Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday in Cleveland.