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Gameblog: Cavs at Charlotte Bobcats

By George Thomas Published: December 6, 2008

At the half:
Cavs 55, Bobcats 35
If you're out there watching this game, email me please.  Please? Please?  Let's face it, it was never really "close".  The Bobcats hit 4-of-21 shots for a whopping 19 percent.  At the end of two quarters, they're up to a staggering 31 percent.  Yippee. 
The Cavs defense is smothering the Bobcats defensively.  They're contesting every shot, hold a rebounding advantage.  Emeka Okafor and Gerald Wallace have proven to be non-factors thus far.  Yes, the Bobcats made a run - when the second team was in - during the second quarter to get within nine points, but that only lasted until the regulars retunred and began to dominate.
Game: Cavs (15-3) at Bobcats (7-11)
Broadcast:  Broadcast:  TV: FSOhio Radio WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Starters:  Cavs:  LeBron James (F); Ben Wallace (F); Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C); Delonte West (G); Mo Williams (G); Bobcats:  Gerald Wallace (F): Sean May (F); Emeka Okafor (C); Jason Richardson (G); Raymond Felton (G).
Injuries:  Cavs: Eric Snow (left knee); Bobcats: none
Officials:  Tony Brothers, Marc Davis, Sean Wright
Streaking:  The Cavaliers have won six in a row.  The Bobcats have two consecutive wins.
Three things to watch:

  • LeBron James on Gerald Wallace.  James put the clamps on Danny Granger Friday night.  Wallace comes into the game averaging 16.6 points per game, much less than Granger, but he is still a potent offensive threat. 
  • Look for that flatness that the Cavaliers have bene known to begin games with lately.  In their last six games its been the only bone to pick with the team over the course of their six-game win streak.  The defense has been solid, the offense exquisite and the chemistyr perfect.
  • God, is there anything else?  The Cavaliers should win this one going away - again.  I love this game, but lately when the teams line-up, I find little to worry about in the opposing team. One of these lesser squads will catch them on an off day sooner or later, but this ain't it.
Quotable:
In the coach's office:
Mike Brown on the importance of having a team that accepts responsiblity:
To have a team that holds one another accountable is something you always look for because as a coach you can only do so much and guys are only going to listen so long.
LeBron James on Stephen Curry and his 44-point performance in a win against North Carolina State:
He's one of those players in college basketball or basketball period who can get somebody to go out and watch.
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