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J.J. Hickson informs Blake Griffin that he will not pass “Go”

Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND - JANUARY 30: J.J. Hickson #21 of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes a break from the action during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 30, 2009 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers won 112-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

David Liam Kyle

It’s only fitting that something spectacular encapsulated the Cavaliers getting over the hump of the single most epic losing streak in NBA history. It was going to take the players stepping up on a level we haven’t seen, and they definitely did. Particularly J.J. Hickson.

J.J. Hickson was supposed to take the franchise forward into the future. He was supposed to be the rock for them to build around. But he’s disappointed mightily this season, even for a Cavalier. Last night, however, faced against the albatross of doom that is Blake Griffin, Hickson stepped up. Big time. Along with 27 points and 14 rebounds, Hickson provided this: