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Cavs-Blazers In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2011

End 3Q: Blazers 89, Cavs 45
* Somehow, the Cavs looked just as awful to start the second half as they did to start the game. The Blazers look like rabid dogs chasing loose balls, blocking shots and swarming on defense. The Cavs can't match them in talent and haven't come close to matching them in energy.

* The Blazers scored the first nine points of the quarter and the Cavs didn't get their first field goal until four minutes into the quarter.

* That 55 point loss to the Lakers, the worst in franchise history, is in play as the fourth quarter begins.

Half: Blazers 64, #Cavs 34
* The Cavs have one assist in the half. One.

* They have more turnovers (9) than they do baskets (8) and they're getting pounded on the glass 25-11. I understand they might be fatigued playing the second of a back-to-back, but this effort is inexcusable. If rebounding is all about effort, the Cavs aren't giving much.

* Now for the oddest stat of the half, the Cavs are 16 of 17 at the free-throw line. So they're doing a nice job of getting to the basket and making their free throws, but it doesn't matter.

* Gerald Wallace has 15 points and LaMarcus Aldridge has 14. Ramon Sessions has 10 points for the Cavs, but no one else is worth mentioning.

End 1Q: Blazers 37, Cavs 12
* Local columnist John Canzano wrote a column today stressing the Blazers' need to turn it on down the stretch and take no prisoners. Canzano wrote today "The Cavaliers should have to be carried out of the arena, curled into a ball, sucking their thumbs." Check.

* The Blazers are destroying the Cavs EVERYWHERE. Outrebounding them 15-3, holding them to 14 percent shooting while shooting 70 percent! SEVENTY PERCENT! That's hard to do. The Cavs made just two field goals in the quarter.

* Clearly, whatever momentum the Cavs thought they had from last night's win is long, long gone.

* On the plus side, Baron Davis played half the quarter and looks fine.

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