End 3Q: Cavs 80, Sixers 70
* Much, much better third quarter for Cavs than they've been producing. Outscored Philly 26-16, which is only the second time all season they have outscored the opponent in the third quarter.
* Most important has been the ball movement. Jamario Moon said the other day that guys shouldn't be holding the ball longer than 1.5 or 2 seconds. Anything longer starts to slow down the offense. Cavs did a decent job of keeping the ball moving in the quarter.
* Strangely, the Cavs did a great job of getting inside, but couldn't convert. The team missed at least seven or eight point blank looks from inside the paint, otherwise this one could be out of hand by now.
* Anthony Parker had a great save on a behind the back save to keep the ball in play. It wasn't a toss-it-over-your-head-and-hope, but rather a hook completely around his back to the other end of the floor. It was a perfect pass to Antawn Jamison, who handed off to Anderson Varejao for a basket and foul.
* Jamario Moon obviously sees what's happening with Joey Graham behind him and he has responded well tonight. Moon has 13 points, a season high, and is four shy of his career high. He's been more aggressive with the ball and he's done well on Andres Nocioni, who has been a thorn in the Cavs' side in the past.
Halftime: Cavs 54, Sixers 54
* Joey Graham's eight points and two rebounds in 13 minutes is a pretty clear sign he has moved ahead of Jawad Williams on the depth chart, at least temporarily. Graham has the potential to provide more all-around, rather than Williams, who is strictly a scorer and does little else. Graham was stuck behind Carmelo Anthony in Denver and views this as his big chance.
* J.J. Hickson has two rebounds, which typically wouldn't sound like much, but it has equaled his entire total from his previous game. So that's progress, I suppose. Rebounding is heart, desire and determination. Hickson has to show Scott he has all of that. Right now, Scott keeps repeating that Hickson is getting by on sheer athletic ability.
* The real key will be watching how this team comes out for the third quarter. Their second-half struggles have been well-documented. A poor start to the third quarter tonight could snowball on them against a 2-8 team desperate for a victory.
End 1Q: Sixers 23, Cavs 19
* Byron Scott reiterated tonight, for the second time, that he's "OK" with the production he's getting out of Jamario Moon. But Joey Graham played in the first quarter again in a clear attempt to spark something at the 3. The Cavs' options are limited there. Graham played well against the Sixers two weeks ago in Philly, which might be what is prompting this tonight.
* Anderson Varejao is gutting it out and playing. He probably wanted him some more Spencer Hawes. Varejao was 10 for 10 against the Sixers in Philly and is 3 for 3 tonight after one. The kid can't miss. Scott said before the game with a ribs injury, it's simply a matter of how tolerable the pain is. Varejao is wearing a type of flak jacket and compression shirt under his jersey.
* The Cavs had three turnovers, but also had six assists on seven baskets in the quarter. Andres Nocioni, starting in place of Andre Iguodala, already has a quick seven points. So does former OSU star Evan Turner, who went scoreless in 27 minutes in the Sixers' previous game against the Spurs.