Absence does make the heart grow fonder, it seems. After being away from the NBA team he’d called home since entering the league in 1997 for six due to some financial manipulation by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards, Zydrunas Ilgauskas returned to the floor for the Cavs.
On “Kid’s Night” at “Quicken Loans Arena,” Cleveland’s favorite Lithuanian was paid video tribute to, received quite the warm welcome from the hometown crowd, brought fans to their feet when he entered the game late in the first quarter, and rose the roof with a putback just before said quarter ended.
In the “Cavz” 97-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings, Ilgauskas went for four points, six rebounds and three big blocked shots. King James naturally took command of things early and often, going for a line of 34/7/8.