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It was just a mere week ago that “the sky was falling” in Cleveland. Coming off a loss to the Lakers and still having 3 more road games on their west coast trip, the Cavs were facing perhaps adversity this season in which they hadn’t seen the likes of. Fast forward to a week later, and the Cavs not only are sitting pretty fresh off a three-game winning streak, but they have also received the encouraging news that Zydrunas Ilgauskas will possibly return this week.

Tonight, the Cavs face The Sacramento Kings, a team in which is losers of five in a row, and also hasn’t won a game vs. an eastern conference opponent in 18 tries. Kings they aren’t. More like peasants, as Sacramento is clearly in a rebuilding phase with some veterans that are catching the eye of NBA team executives at the trade deadline. Brad Miller, who has been mentioned in Cavalier trade rumors, averages 12.2 points per game, and 8.2 rebounds per. Clearly though, the team goes through Kevin Martin, who averages 23.6 points per game, and is capable of posting up big numbers, as demonstrated by a 45-point outburst vs. the Indiana Pacers a few weeks ago. Teamed up with John Salmons, who chips in 18.6 points per game, and Sacramento is a respectable offensive unit, 13 th in the league in scoring. Their defense, though, is ranked 27 th, has the daunting task of taking of trying to guard LeBron James, while keeping the others in check at the same time. No longer is it just LeBron doing his thing and other standing around. Even with two key components out in the form of Ilgauskas and Delonte West, Mo Williams, Wally Szczerbiak, and Sasha Pavlovic have stepped up their games on the offensive side of the floor. With the attention that LeBron draws and the double teams, it gives those guys excellent shot opportunities.


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This year, the Cavs have had a tendency to blow out lower echelon teams like the Sacramento Kings. There is a big game on Thursday on the road vs. an Orlando Magic team that many consider to be serious eastern conference contenders, but with Martin probably looking to put on a show in his return to his home state, and a desperate, angry team looking to snap a losing streak, they can’t afford to overlook Sacramento.


by Michael Hammons
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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