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Gameblog: Cavs vs. Golden State Warriors

By George Thomas Published: November 17, 2009

Post-mortem:  Cavs 114, Warriors 108
The good:  The Cavaliers continue to look better and better on offense after struggling early in the season.  They knew that they would get involved in an up tempo game with the Warriors and they were able to beat them at it.  Of course, it helps when you can shoot 58 percent from the floor in the process.  LeBron James led the Cavs with 31 points, 12 assists, followed by second-year big man J.J. Hickson - 21 points, nine assists - who continues to develop and have his share of defensive woes in the process.
The bad: In the process of playing the Warriors game, they seemed to forget about defense.  Golden State got off nine more shots and hit for almost 47 percent.  Too many of those shots came on layups from not boxing out and second chance points as the Warriors scored 23 points on offensive rebounds.  It's almost as if they figured they were going to be in a shootout, may as well just beat them at their game, not a defensive one.
The ugly:  Seventeen turnovers for 25 points.  Enough said.  Had this been a fully manned team, the outcome may have been different given the number of turnovers.
Game:  Cavs (7-3) vs. Golden State Warriors (3-6)
Time:  7 p.m.
Television:  FSOhio
Cavs:  LeBron James (F);  J.J. Hickson (F); Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G).
Warriors:  Anthony Randolph (F); Vladimir Radmanovic (G); Mikki Moore (C); Monta Ellis (G); Stephen Curry (G).
Cavs: Shaquille O'Neal (shoulder strain); Leon Powe (left knee surgery).
Warriors: Kelenna Azubuike (left patellar tendon injury); Andris Biendrins (osteitis pubis) , Ronny Turiaf (left knee strain); Brendan Wright (shoulder surgery) - OUT, Cory Magette (hamstring) - PROBABLE.
Officials:  Bill Spooner, Curtis Blair and Derrick Collins.

  • The Warriors will dress the league minimum of eight players, the final one being Raja Bell, who was acquired in a trade with the Charlotte Bobcats.  But Bell won't see any action unless there's an emergency coach Don Nelson said before shootaround.
  • Most are expecting a shootout, but it's difficult to get into one of those when you have a depleted roster and what was once of your key players, Stephen Jackson, is gone.
  • The Cavs go without two of the big men - Anderson Varejao and Shaquille O'Neal.  Varejao suffers from a hip contusion, but ultimately, considering that the only seven-footer the Warriors have is journeyman Mikki Moore and they like to play small a lot, it may not be of a major concern.
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