Quantcast 2009-2010 Cleveland Cavaliers: Cavs vs Wizards


Cavs look to return to winning ways tonight in Indy



Fresh off a devastating loss in the Capital, the Cavs will look to return to their winning ways tonight in Indianapolis. The Cavs (8-4, 4-2 Away) are going for their 9 th win this season and the 6th in the last 7 as they take on the Pacers (5-4, 3-3 Home) who are fresh off a loss in the Big Apple.

The Cavs will be without C Shaquille O’Neal, who will miss his 3rd straight game with a shoulder strain, and F Anderson Varejao is listed as questionable for this evening’s game with a hip contusion. The Pacers will be without F Mike Dunleavy who has missed the entire season with a knee injury. They also have C Jeff Foster and F Troy Murphy out with injuries. All three participated in a full-court practice Thursday, and although Dunleavy will not be available for tonight’s game, Foster and Murphy are both listed as questionable, and could see some minutes in tonight’s game.

Keys to the Game:

One of the most important parts to the Cavs success is ball movement. If you look at all of their losses, they have failed to move the ball effectively and this is shown by the points spread throughout the team. When the Cavs fail to move the ball, LeBron usually goes for 30+, while the rest of the team fails to capitalize on open shots. When the ball is moved around, the whole team stays in a rhythm, and they start knocking down open shots.

Another key for the Cavs success is staying out of foul trouble. Looking back at the Cavs-Wizards, JJ Hickson was not his usual self. He picked up 2 quick fouls and had 4 fouls by the halfway mark in the 3rd quarter. This is when JJ is least effective. I look forward for him to take advantage of the weak frontcourt of the Pacers tonight and return to his old ways.


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I look for the Cavs to come out of the gates fast, building a 10 point lead early. I think LeBron James will play less than 35 minutes tonight, with 27 points 7 Rebounds and 7 Assists. Look for JJ to play aggressive, and causing havoc under the basket, provided he can stay out of foul trouble. If he stays out of foul trouble, I think JJ will put up 18 points and 8 rebounds. Mo Williams should return to his sharp shooting way after shooting just 2-13 in Washington for 6 points. Mo should be able to take advantage of the weak perimeter defense of the Pacers and go for 22 points to go with 6 assists.

Cavs 108, Pacers 89

Predictions for tonight’s games

  • Memphis at Philly 96-87 Philly

  • Miami at Toronto 104-86 Miami

  • Houston at Atlanta 99-95 Atlanta

  • Orlando at Boston 91-88 Orlando

  • Washington at Oklahoma City 88-80 Washington

  • Sacramento at Dallas 103-81 Dallas

  • Charlotte at Milwaukee 90-88 Milwaukee

  • Portland at Golden State 100-82 Portland

  • Denver at LA Clippers 105-76 Denver


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By: Joe Goodale
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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