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Gameblog: Cavs vs. New Jersey Nets

By George Thomas Published: February 9, 2010

In a nutshell:
The Cavs played languidly in this game.  The usual spark wasn't there, especially on the defensive end of the court.
Being honest, you have to credit the New Jersey Nets with playing them consistently close in their three meetings this year. 
However, they didn't have the defensive intensity that normally comes from them. It's the second time that the team has given up better than 50 percent shooting in two games. 
Simply put: has to improve for game against Orlando Thursday.
Game: Cavs (42-11) vs.  New Jersey Nets (4-47)
Broadcast: 
TV: FSOhio WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM).
Starters:
Cavs:  LeBron James (F); J.J. Hickson(F); Shaquille O'Neal (C); Anthony Parker (G); Daniel Gibson (G).
New Jersey:  Javis Hayes (F); Yi Jianlian (F); Brook Lopez (C); Courtney Lee (G); Kenyon Dooling (G).
Injured:
Cavs:  Delonte West (left ring finger) - QUESTIONABLE.  Leon Powe (left knee surgery); Mo Williams (left shoulder sprain) - OUT.
Nets:  Devin Harris (mild left shoulder strain); Yi Jianlian (sore right shoulder) - QUESTIONABLE.  Javis Hayes (bruised left shin) - PROBABLE.
Officials: Tony Brothers, David Guthrie and Haywoode Workman.
Forget the Nets record.  This year they've played the Cavaliers tough in two games that the Cavs eventually pulled out.   What could possibly make this a rout?  The fact that Devin Harris and Yi Jianlian could miss the game 
Conversely what could make this close or turn into a Cavs loss?  If they for some reason look past the Nets, which is a real possibility.  Don't shake your head; don't laugh.  They almost blew a 23-point lead against the Knicks the other night in echos of the earlier part of the season.

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