End 3Q: Pacers 73, Cavs 68
* The Cavs' starting power forward has two rebounds. Their starting center has three. Yet somehow the Pacers only lead in rebounding 28-27. Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison each have seven, which is helping the cause immensely.
* Byron Scott was concerned with Indiana's 3-point shooting before the game and this is why: The Pacers were 6 of 14 on 3s before missing their last two of the quarter, while the Cavs are just 2 of 10. To this point, it's the difference in the game.
* The Cavs did a little better job on Danny Granger in the third quarter, but the Pacers also forgot about him a little bit. After going 9 of 12 in the first half, Granger was just 1 of 4 in the quarter.
Halftime: Cavs 54, Pacers 54
* Cavs hanging tough despite playing without two starters and Ryan Hollins in foul trouble. But they have no answer for Danny Granger.
* The Cavs have always struggled defending Granger and tonight is no different. He's got 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting and is equally dangerous driving or pulling up. Easily the best player on the floor tonight.
* This is the wrong night for Hollins to fall into foul troube. Already without Anderson Varejao, Hollins' three fouls is forcing Leon Powe to play extended minutes tonight. He hasn't been a rotation guy at all really this season, so Powe's wind and legs in the second half will be interesting to watch.
* The Cavs caught a break when Tyler Hansbrough sprained his ankle. His return is doubtful. Hansbrough is a key reserve for the Pacers.
End 1Q: Cavs 30, Pacers 26
* These are two relatively young teams who love to run. Defense, to this point, is optional.
* I was just talking to Leon Powe the other day about his ability to get up and down the floor quickly with a bad knee. He said he couldn't do it for a whole game, but he thought he could play this style and contribute. We're about to find out. Powe is in line to play big minutes tonight with Andy Varejao sidelined. He played four minutes in the first quarter. This is just the third game he has played in this season.
* True to his word, Antawn Jamison has remained aggressive in looking for his shot. Jamison is playing within the offense, but he's quick to get shots up. That's a good thing. He's probably the team's best all-around scorer.
* No Mo Williams and no Andy Varejao means the Cavs will have to go deeper than usual tonight on the bench. Don't be surprised if Manny Harris and/or Samardo Samuels makes an appearance before the game is over.
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