The Erie BayHawks will look much different tonight with the addition of Danny Green and Darnell Jackson.
The Cleveland Cavaliers sent down their rookie small forward in Green and their second-year power forward in Jackson to the BayHawks for tonight’s 7 game against the Dakota Wizards at Tullio Arena.
Word is the two are going to play in Friday’s game against the Wizards as well. Friday is Cavalier affiliate night. The Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors are Erie’s two NBA affiliates.
With the BayHawks (12-22) having lost six games in a row and 10 of their last 12, they will most likely break their losing skid tonight.
Jackson played for the BayHawks last season and was very dominant as he averaged 19.5 points on 60-plus percent shooting from the field in two wins.
As good as this is for Erie, when you bring NBA guys in, there are some logisitics, as I like to put it, the team must overcome.
1. Erie’s regular players aren’t going to play as much so that may throw them off.
2. As much as Erie runs some of Cleveland’s offensive and more so defensive sets, the pace they do it as different than how Cleveland does it. Jackson and Green are only going to do walk through practices with the team, not full practices.
2. Jackson and Green haven’t played in a game since Feb. 4. So there is a chance they’ll be rusty.
3. Dakota isn’t going to just roll over because Erie got two NBA players. This is a chance for their players to show what they can do against NBA players and improve their chances to get an NBA call-up.