Post-mortem: Cavs 98, Nets 87
At the half: Cavs 44, Nets 40
- The record's behind them, this is officially the best team in Cavs hisotry as they won their 58th. I don't even think they believe it's enough and they shouldn't because there's still plenty to work on:
- Offensively, the Cavs, after opening up with tremendous momentum, looked sloppy for the rest of the game. No one is going to expect them to continue shooting at a 56 percent clip as they did the first quarter, but as Mike Brown pointed out tonight they were slow to get into their offense as evidenced by several 24-second clock violations.
- Something that continues to look impressive is that LeBron James-Anderson Varejao combination that continues to connect for easy looks near the hoop. Mike Brown will have a tough decision once Ben Wallace returns from his injury as Varejao recorded another double-double (16 points and 11 rebounds).
- Observations: LeBron James and Anderson Varejao were able to work that backdoor a few more times as Varejao continues to find his way to a soft spot in the Nets' defense.
- This would be a perfect game except for one factor: the Cavs are beating themselves. The Nets aren't. They've turned the ball over nine times in the half and a few of those were unforced and mental errors. If they want to win this it's going to have to stop because those turnovers allowed the Nets to creep back into the game.
Cavs (57-13) vs. New Jersey Nets (30-40)
TV: FSOhio; Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Cavs: LeBron James (F); Anderson Varejao (F); Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C); Delonte West (G); Mo Williams (G). Nets: Trenton Hassell (F); Yi Jianlian (F); Brook Lopez (C); Vince Carter (G); Keyon Dooling (G).
Cavs: Wally Szczerbiak (left knee sprain); Ben Wallace (broken tibia) and Eric Snow (knee) are out. Nets: Devin Harris ( sprained left shoulder and sprained left deltoid) and Eduardo Najera (sports hernia) are out.
The Cavaliers have nine consecutive and the Nets have lost one.
The Cavaliers have won both games to date, with the last coming this past Sunday. They break the team record for wins in a season tonight.
Ken Mauer, Matt Boland and Jim Clark.
What to watch:
- Watch to see if LeBron James and Anderson Varejao continue to click on that baseline cut that’s been so effective in recent game, especially against these very Nets on Sunday. Varejao moves extremely well without the ball and he and James have developed that chemistry over the years to where they make it look easy. If they can keep this working, it makes the offense that much more flexible in time for the playoffs.
- Speaking of the playoffs: this is normally the time of the season when teams are peaking, but the Cavaliers just keep rolling. They must maintain as much of that momentum as possible going into the final weeks of the season. While they enjoy a comfortable lead to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, going into the night’s game they had just a one-game margin for the league’s best record with the Los Angeles Lakers right behind. Mike Brown doesn’t talk about it, but you can bet your last dollar, the team would like to have both advantages.