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Gameblog: Cavs vs. 76ers

By George Thomas Published: April 10, 2009

Game:  Cavs vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Broadcast:  TV: FSOhio. Radio:  WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM).
Starters:  Cavs:  LeBron James (F); Ben Wallace (F); Zydrunas Ilguaskas (C); Delonte West (G); Mo Williams (G).  76ers: Andre Iguodala (F); Reggie Evans (F); Samuel Delembert (C); Willie Green (G); Andre Miller (G).
Injured and inactive:  Cavs:  J.J. Hickson (back); Jawad Williams, Lorenzen Wright.  76ers:  Elton Brand (shoulder); Jason Smith (knee), Thaddeus Young (ankle sprain, bone bruise).
Officials: Ron Garretson, Courtney Kirkland, Eric Dalen.
Streaking:  The Cavaliers are winners of two in a row.  The 76ers have lost three consecutive.
Things to look for:

  • The Cavs can capture the Eastern Conference’s best record tonight with a win.  If there were a time for them to come out focused and be done with things this is it.  Especially considering the fact that the Boston Celtics arrive at Quicken Loans Arena Sunday and they are currently riding a five-game streak.
  • At this point of the season, there are really two other things to pay attention to – what Mike Brown does rotation wise to prepare for the playoffs.  With four healthy big men, the Cavs should be able to match up well with other teams in that area.  How he implements that remains to be seen.  The second is in the area of rest and keeping his team healthy.  Does he risk injury to chase the record books, including the 40-1 home record his team could tie?  He might do well to pay attention to what Doc Rivers has done with Kevin Garnett by shutting him down until the playoffs.
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