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Gameblog: Cavs vs. Grizzlies

By George Thomas Published: February 24, 2009

Post mortem:  Cavs  94, Grizzlies 74.
Was anyone able to stay awake during that?  Let's face it; it was over after the first quarter when the Grizzlies looked as if they wanted to hibernate.
LeBron James scores only 15 and the Cavs win?  Take it.  Cherish it.  Yours truly was skeptical as to how the Cavs would look after the masterful performance against the Pistons because Delonte West sat this game out - reportedly as a precaution.
Yet when the starters were in, we saw the same ball movement as the other night and the same number of assists in the stat line.
For the record, West sat out because of soreness in the right wrist that he'd fractured, it had to be a decision made just before game time.
What do you read into it?  It's Tuesday.  They played the Grizzlies and it's February.  Besides who knows if or when in the playoffs the experience some of those bench players get now will come in handy.
The Cavs go into a four-game road trip and a span of a couple weeks where 8-of-10 games are on the road.  Heading into that storm with a five-game winning streak gives them some momentum.
Game: Cavs (43-11) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (15-40)
Broadcast:  TV: FSOhio Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Starters: LeBron James (F), Ben Wallace (F), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C); Tarence Kinsey(G); Mo Williams (G).  Rudy Gay (F); Hakim Warrick (F); Marc Gasol (C); O.J. Mayo (G); Mike Conley G).
Streaking: The Cavaliers have won four consecutive; the Grizzlies have lost four in a row.
This year:  The Cavs ran into the Grizzlies while as they endured a 12-game losing streak the last itme and won 107-87, but it wasn't a piece of cake.
Injuries-inactives:  Sasha Pavlovic (high right ankle sprain), Eric Snow (knee).  Grizzlies: Mike Wilks (ACL)
Officials:  Joey Crawford, Tommy Nunez Jr. and Michael Smith. Two things to watch:

  • The Cavaliers offense and defense looked like they didn't miss a beat after getting Delonte West back the other night against the Pistons.  In fact, they looked a lot like that team that steamrolled everyone in its path back in December. Will it continue? This is the time of year that the Cavs should be driving to the playoffs.  In each second half of the past several the team got better after the All-Star break.  With this team, there's no reason to believe that won't happen again.
  • The Grizzlies offense against the Cavs defense:  The Grizzlies score fewer points than anyone in the Western Conference. Given their recent struggles, it shouldn't get much better against the Cavaliers.
Quotable:
From the locker room:
Mo Williams on ESPNRadio's Tirico & Van Pelt Show telling answering Stephen A. Smith's question about the Cavs' post-season prospects.
Oh that’s for sure. That’s a guarantee.  We plan on winning it so, to answering your question: yeah.
From the coach's office:
Mike Brown on Williams' comments:
Our goal is an NBA championship, that’s nothing something we’re trying to hide from, but you’ve got to respect the Celtics because they’re the NBA champions and if we want to make it there we have to go take it from them.
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