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Gameblog: Cavs vs. Phoenix Suns

By George Thomas Published: December 2, 2009

Post-mortem:  Cavs 107, Phoenix 90
The good:  The Cavaliers showed some offensive balance as seven players scored in double figures with no one (Zydrunas Ilgauskas) scoring more than 14 points in the game.  The Cavs shot a white-hot 54 percent in the first half and had 16 assists in that time span.  Conversely, they held the Suns to 29 percent shooting in the half.
The better:  Zydrunas Ilgauskas finally got that team record for games played.
The bad:  As good as they were in the first half offensively and defensively, they dropped off considerably in the second half, shooting just 43 percent and being out-scored 61-50.
Game:  Cavs vs. Phoenix Suns
TV: FSOhio Radio:  WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Starters:  Cavs:  LeBron James (F); Ben Wallace (F); Shaquille O'Neal (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G). 
Suns:  Grant Hill (F); Amare Stoudemire (F);  Channing Frye (C): Jason Richardson (G); Grant Hill (G).
Cavs: Leon Powe (knee surgery) - OUT
Suns:   Leandro Barbosa (left ankle sprain) - OUT
Officials: Bob Delaney, Derrick Collins and Olandis Poole.
Pre-game observations: 

  • The Suns arrive in Cleveland after being spanked by the New York Knicks (Really? I mean, REALLY?) 126-99, the first time they have scored under 100 points all season.  Apparently former coach Mike D'antoni knows how to play them or the Suns just didn't hit the majority of their shots.  Let's go with the latter. They walked into Madison Square Garden shooting 51 percent from the floor.  They hit just 46 percent last night.  Conversely, the Knicks shot close to 50 percent.
  • The Suns' Steve Nash is having his best year with respect to assists in his career, currently averaging 12.1 per game, remarkable for someone many viewed to be the downside on his career.  He's also averaging more than 16 points per game.  So much for that reasoning.
  • Don't be surprised if you see a lot more of guard Delonte West tonight for a couple of reasons. First there's little denying the impact that he had on Saturday's game against the Dallas Mavericks when he played 28 minutes and scored 10 points and added 10 assists and slowed down the Mavs' Jason Terry, who'd been scorching the Cavs for most of the first half.  Phoenix plays the same way and Mike Brown may be forced to go small for a significant portion of hte game once again.
  • Lastly, do NOT expect Zydrunas Ilgauskas to not play tonight especially after the brouhaha over him not playing against Dallas.
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