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Cavaliers easily handle Charlotte to improve to 18-0 at home

 

 

Last year, the Cavs lost a lot of these types of games, games to sub-500 teams. Critics have pointed out that Cleveland hasn’t played a tough schedule. While true, it should be also noted that Cleveland lost to some of the bottom of the barrel teams last year. The old cliché is that you will take a win any way you get them, but those constant hard fought battles take their toll in the long run.

Fast forward to this season, and for the most part, the Cavs have crushed inferior competition. LeBron James is averaging less minutes this season than last, and has had a better rounded team effort to pick up the slack when he’s resting on the bench. Take care of business early, rest up later on, and start mentally preparing for bigger and better things. Cleveland used that philosophy Wednesday night in declawing the visiting Bobcats, 111-81 at Quicken Loans Arena.



Six starters in double figures, led by James’ 21, and breakout performances from the rookie JJ Hickson, who totaled 13 points, and struggling Daniel Gibson, who finished with 15, were instrumental in building up a large lead. Charlotte, coming off an emotional overtime victory at home vs. the Celtics the night before, came out flat, and were unable to match the pace that the Cavs set. At least for one night, the absence of Ilgauskas wasn’t felt.

Cleveland shot an astonishing 60 percent from the floor, as compared to Charlotte’s 39 percent. The Cavs also outrebounded the fatigued visitors 41-33. Both encouraging signs as the Cavs prepare to host a slumping Boston squad that staggers into the Q on Friday night.

 

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Earlier in the day, the Cavs released seldom used Jawad Williams. It’s a significant move in that it frees up a roster space. Cleveland is entering a difficult stretch of games coming up, with the aforementioned game against the Celtics, and also a west coast trip. Rumors have circulated about a potential trade for Brad Miller, or perhaps the reacquisition of Joe Smith. Both players would provide the Cavs some interior scoring. Even with a healthy Z, this is an area in which the Cavs are lacking. Counting on defensive minded guys such as Anderson Varejao and Ben Wallace, and the raw Hickson for more offensive contributions may be too much to ask for.

As has been the case all season, the first name that comes in any trade rumor is Wally Szczerbiak, whose contract comes off the books after the season. Struggling teams with veteran pieces would love a piece of that contract, and could provide the Cavs with perhaps the missing link in a team that has very few flaws as of this point.

 

by Michael Hammons
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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