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Gameblog: Cavs vs. Boston Celtics

By George Thomas Published: October 27, 2009

Final:  Boston 95, Cavs 89
Post-mortem:  After getting off to a sizzling start in the first quarter, the Cavaliers fizzled the rest of the game partly because of unfamiliarity and mostly because of sloppiness.
This is what coach Mike Brown meant about starting the season out rough as the Cavaliers jumped on the Celtics early only to watch Boston beat them from the outside and claim the lead.
For much of the game, the Cavs' defense went missing - especially from the outside and Boston made them pay connecting on 47 percent on three-pointers and a host of other jump shots that went uncontested.
After that start, it was clear that the team's not quite in tune offensively - especially in the fourth quarter - as they committed five turnovers when the game mattered most.  In one instance, free-agent acquisition Anthony Parker looked surprised by a ball that LeBron James fired at him.  Parker had a wide-open look on the shot. Instead, the ball bounced off his hands out of bounds.
At the time it as just a two-possession game with more than 50 seconds left.  It ws one of a host of miscues the Cavs had in the fourth. 
From Mike Brown:

‘’Defensively, one of our staples is to contest shots and for a stretch in the first half, we didn’t contest shots, especially 3-point shots in transition.  We have to do a better job of that.’’
From Shaquille O'Neal:
''I’ve been around 17 years.  Win the first game, lose the first game you just got to get better. It’s still a very new team.  You’ve just got to take care of the ball down the stretch and just keep at it.''
Game: Cavs vs.  Bsoton Broadcast:  TV: TNT Radio:  WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM) Starters: Cavs:  LeBron James (F); Anderson Varejao (F); Shaquille O'Neal (C); Anthon Parker(G); Mo Williams (G).  Celtics:  Paul Pierce (F); Kevin Garnett (F); Kendrick Perkins (C); Ray Allen (G); Rajon Rondo (G)
Injured and inactive: Cavs:  Leon Powe (knee), Delonte West.  Boston: Glen Davis (thumb), Tony Allen, Brian Scalabrine, Bill Walker. Officials: Steve Javie, Tony Brothers, Derek Richardson.
Three things to look for:
How the Cavs first unit meshes. It was difficult to tel how they'd do given the invasion of the flu and assorted injuries.
The team's defense was spotty in the preseason.
How Shaq and LeBron work together.  Their chemistry is key to the season.
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