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Gameblog: Cavs vs. Bobcats

By George Thomas Published: January 7, 2009

I see the Muppet curmudgeons are back.  Apologies guys, but my PC kinda went blammo in Washington D.C. Barely got my game stuff filed.   Yes, I did buy a new one.  Here's tonight's gameblog:
What do you say about a game in which the Cavaliers never trailed?  It's as close to perfection as you're going to get in the NBA.
What to take away from this one: personally, everyone should be more and more impressed with the improvement Anderson Varejao's made in his offensive game over the summer and throughout the season.  Defensively, he was always there and brought that energy that seems to make his hair frizz out.  Tonight he dropped another 14 points and added six rebounds for a Zydrunas Ilgauskas-like performance.
In retrospect, the Cavs played like this was a warm up of other things to come - meaning Friday's wrasslin' match with the Celtics, a team that suddenly looks very, very mortal having lost 6-0f-8, including tonight against the Houston Rockets.
They could have very easily looked ahead on this one. They remained focus and now have their sights set on Boston.
From the locker room:
Mo Williams on the Cavs having a target on their backs.

We have been feeling that for the past 10 or 12 games.  We know that.  We jhave just got to come out with the intensity and focus to compete at a high level every night.  Even when things arne't going well (we need to) find a way to win those games.
LeBron James on playing the Celtics:
We are looking forward to the challenge.  If you want to be one of the best teams, you have to beat the best and Boston is the best unitl someone takes their crown.
At the half:  Cavs 60, Bobcats 42
Believe it or not, the Cavaliers should be up by more - a lot more.  They got extremely sloppy toward the end of the first half.  It didn't help that officials were making questionable "delay of game" calls that lead to technicals.
The Cavs led by as many as 29, lost 11 points off that lead and are still ahead and shooting 63 percent from the floor. The problem: they haven't been getting back on defense.   LeBron lead the team with 17 at the half. 
Game: Cavs (27-6) vs. Charlotte Bobcats (13-22)
Broadcast:  TV: FSOhio WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Starters:  Cavs:  LeBron James (F); Ben Wallace (F); Anderson Varejao(C); Delonte West (G); Mo Williams (G).  Bobcats:  Gerald Wallace (F); Boris Diaw (F); Emeka Okafor (C); Matt Carroll (G); Raymond Felton (G).
Streaking:  Cavaliers have lost won, but have a 17 home gam win streak on the line. The Bobcats have won two in a row.
Inactives-injured:  Cavs: Eric Snow (knee); Zydrunas Ilgauskas (ankle)
Officials:  Eddie Rush, Jack Nies and Michael Smith.
Three things to watch:
  • Focus on the part of the Cavaliers.  They could easily get caught with their shorts down if they're not focused on the task at hand as opposed to the Boston Celtics Friday night.
  • LeBron James vs.  Gerald Wallace - James got the best of Wallace in the first meeting of the season putting the clamps on him holding him to a single point on a free throw.
  • Daniel Gibson has been a bit slow to get back into the groove since coming back from his injury. He lit Charlotte up for 22 on Dec. 6.  He's about due to breakout.
From the coach's office:
Mike Brown on rising to first place in the Eastern Conference:
I don’t really think of it as that because Boston is the NBA champion.  It doesn’t matter what our record is, what their record is.  They’re the ones that everybody is kind of chasing. You can’t really look at it as of having a better record than them because that can change at any time.
From the locker room:
LeBron James on the Cavs' lofty position in the standings:
It’s good because we’ve been playing that type of basketball that we feel we’re one of the best teams in the league.  But it’s still early in the season so we don’t want to get content or be complacent about being up there at the top of the standings. It’s good to see it but it doesn’t matter if you don’t continue to work hard.
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