At the half: Cavs, 47, Jazz 40
The Cavs should be dominating this game, but they are making far too many mistakes. They've committed nine turnovers and are on pace for 18 in the game. The Jazz have only gotten eight points off of those turnovers.
Theycan't win the battle fo the offensive boards as the Jazz are killing them when it comes to second-chance points 12-2. The good thing is that they are shoooting well at a 51 percent clip to the Jazz's 36 percent.
Game: Cavs at Utah Jazz
TV: TNT, FSOhio Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Cavs: LeBron James (F); J.J. Hickson(F); Shaquille O'Neal (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G).
Jazz: Andrei Kirilenko (F); Carlos Boozer (F); Mehmet Okur (C); Ronnie Brewer (G); Deron Williams (G) Injured and inactive:
Cavs: Jamario Moon (abdominal strain); Leon Powe (knee surgery) - OUT.
Jazz: C.J. Miles is a game-time decision.
Officials: Derrick Stafford, Leon Wood, Sean Wright.
In a nutshell:
You can sum this up as two great players who make their team go. In the case of the Cavaliers, that's LeBron James. The Cavaliers have a chance to beat the Jazz for the fifth consecutive time, but this cannot be a solo effort. James will get his shots, but he will have to get his teammates involved. The Cavs are much more dangerous when they they share the ball. The Cavs are 18-0 when they have 22 assists or more. That is huge.
The Jazz didn't have Deron Williams in the earlier meeting between the two teams. He could prove to be the difference in the game. His ability to score and dish out the ball give the Jazz the opportunity to score easy hoops in the paint. In short: he breaks defenses down.