Dribbles: This is why Cavs got that Frye guy

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CLEVELAND -- Random dribbles from the Cavaliers' fairly easy 114-103 win over the visiting Hornets on Wednesday.

1. Statistically, Channing Frye probably gave the Cavs more than even they expected. He scored 15 points in his first eight minutes -- finishing 5-of-9 from the floor, including 4-of-8 on 3-pointers.

2. Remember, this was just his second game as a member of the Cavs. Remember, he hasn't even gone through a real practice with the team.

3. LeBron James has told Frye to shoot the ball every time James passes it to him. "I won't throw it to him unless I know he's got a shot," James said.

4. More James on Frye: "He adds another dynamic to our team that we didn't have."

5. Granted, Frye isn't going to do this every game (at least, that's my guess) -- but LeBron put it perfectly. Frye truly does add a lengthy long-range bomber off the bench, acting as another "stretch four" behind Kevin Love. And that truly is something the Cavs didn't have before last week's trade that shipped out Anderson Varejao.

6. Frye isn't a great shot-blocker or known for his defense, but he does get in the way and use his 6-foot-11 frame and long arms to occasionally alter shots. It will be interesting to see him in the game with rim-protecting center Timofey Mozgov on a regular basis.

7. Mostly, Frye gives the Cavs a versatile and experienced big man who can play on the perimeter. He has been at his best with other really good players around him. Nights like Wednesday make it easy to believe he could prove to be a very underrated pickup when it matters most.

8. After the game, Frye briefly addressed the crowd during an interview with the in-arena host. Frye's best line: "I guess I'm doing alright."

9. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Frye went to the practice facility Tuesday and went over some plays with the coaching staff. The message to Frye has been simple. "Get to your spots and let Kyrie, LeBron and Delly hit you," Lue said. "He was able to get some open shots."

10. James and Kyrie Irving (23 points apiece) played a balanced overall game and rarely forced a thing. James took 18 shots in Monday's loss to the Pistons and scored just 12 points. He took just 13 shots vs. the Hornets for his 23.

11. J.R. Smith (16 points) also had a nice night, including one crazy three where he sort of dribbled slowly with his back to the basket … appeared to almost lose the dribble … then spun around and buried the shot. That, folks, is the beauty of J.R.

12. Yes, Love struggled, scoring eight points and grabbing just two rebounds. But it's hard to complain too much. Up until this one, Love had been magnificent since the All-Star break and the Cavs won.

13. Not surprisingly, Matthew Dellavedova was also pretty efficient, scoring 10 points and passing for seven assists in 26 minutes. Meanwhile, Tristan Thompson had a few fantastic putbacks and grabbed 10 boards.

14. Mostly, the Cavaliers played with pace and took care of the ball. During one 20-minute stretch that started in the second quarter, they didn't commit a single turnover. And during that stretch, their lead expanded from 11 points to 22.

15. For those wondering, Anderson Varejao made his Warriors debut Wednesday in a 118-112 win over the Heat. Varejao scored one point and grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes. "It's great to be part of a winning organization, a great organization, one that's very well coached and with great players," he said.

16. In case you missed it, here is a video assessment from USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Varejao.

17. Finally, let's see how the Cavs (41-15) fair in Friday's biggie at Toronto. The Raptors (38-18) have won three straight, and are just three games behind the Cavs for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.