Post mortem: Cavs 117, Pacers 109
At the half: Cavs 62, Pacers 47
- Does it really matter at this point? Home court is sewn up throughout the playoffs as the Cavs will have the best record. It wasn't a perfect win, but it will do.
- The Cavs gave up too many points in the paint in the second half, reverting to a bad form and displaying a glaring weakness they tend to have occasionally, which is a collapse in interior defense.
- Anderson Varejao continued to man up, hustling and laying out for balls. It doesn't show in his point total, but if you look at rebounding and the way he went after loose balls, he will be a vital cog in the team's championship chances.
- Cavs continue to play very solic defense holding the Pacers to just 14 points in the paint and 36 percent shooting overall. While they started a big sluggish - did anyone really expect them to jump on the Pacers like they did the Celtics - they picked it up to end the half, playing as if they wanted to wrap up that best record in the league.
- Anderson Varejao continues to play with a lot of energy, pulling down 10 rebounds in the first half. That's a good thing, it's something they'll need in the playoffs.
Cavs vs. Indiana Pacers
TV: FSOhio Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM) Starters: Cavs: LeBron James (F); Anderson Varejao (F); Zydrunas Ilguaskas (C); Delonte West (G); Mo Williams (G). Pacers: Danny Granger (F); Troy Murphy (F); Roy Hibbert (C); Jarrett Jack (G); Brandon Rush (G).
Injured and inactive:
Cavs: Ben Wallace (knee)
Derrick Stafford, Pat Fraher and Olandis Poole.
Cavs have won four consecutive, the Pacers one.
Things to look for:
- Tonight’s game and Wednesday’s find the Cavs in an interesting predicament. With a win tonight, they clinch home court advantage throughout the playoffs. What do they do Wednesday should they win tonight? Rest everyone? Play a little and hope they pull out the final home win to tie the Boston Celtics’ 40-1 home record? Questions. Questions. Given that they’ve lost Ben Wallace, Coach Mike Brown will have to balance the needs of his team with the wants of the fans.
From the coach's office:
Mike Brown on whether he has his team go for that record Wednesday night:
‘’We’re going to do what’s best for the team. Again, we’ve attained records this year that we didn’t set out to get. We just happened to fall upon them. It’s not anything we’re going after,’’ he said of the record. ‘’ If we get it great. I’m more concerned about our health and welfare of the ball club going into the playoffs more than anything else. I get paid the amount of money I get paid to make tough decisions and not everyone has always liked me. They kind of like me now because we’re winning, but that’s the nature of the business and I’m OK with that.’’