Cleveland – In the last game before the all-star break, the Charge looked like a team ready for a break. In the second night of a back to back, the Charge fell behind by as many as 39 points as the South Bay Lakers won 114-95. And it wasn’t even that close.
In a game that was anticipated, as the Charge were fully healthy. They welcomed Dylan Windler to the rotation in his first game action this season. Yet the Charge came out flat and lacked energy. South Bay took advantage opening the game hot from three, while the Charge turned the ball over. Ending the first quarter on a 23-5 run, South Bay took full advantage of the tired legs of the Charge. The second quarter was more of the same, as the Charge opened up the quarter making a run, but the Lakers used a 13-5 run to close the second quarter.
The second half saw the reserves get extended minutes. With four minutes left in the quarter, and the Lakers lead up to 37, coach Mike G pulled the starters. Thus, giving the reserves some extended run. Recent signing Blake Francis led the team in scoring with 16 points. While another recent signing Jermaine Haley provided defense and pulled down 7 rebounds. Overall, it just was one of those nights. Second night of a back-to-back, last game before the all-star break. Just one of those games you want to move past.
The bright spot for Cavs and Charge fans is that Dylan Windler did play his first game action. Although it was abbreviated, it was nice to see the former first round pick get some game action. Of course there was some rust as he only made one three, but just seeing him out there running and on the court was a welcome sight.
Welcome back, @Dylan_Windler23 😤#ChargeUp pic.twitter.com/EbHeI0GRTa
— Cleveland Charge (@ChargeCLE) February 16, 2023
The Charge will look to get back to winning ways following the all-star break as they travel to North Carolina to take on the Greensboro Swarm on Wednesday Feb. 22. They will return home on Friday, Feb. 24 for a back-to-back with Lakeland Magic. You will be able to watch the Charge’s Sharife Cooper and Isaiah Mobley as they will be in the G League Showcase this weekend.
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