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Halftime, Cavs by 2

By admin Published: May 6, 2007

--The game is being played at the Cavs pace with the score 43-41, the Nets can win a game like this but would prefer to run a little more.  Still both teams have things to be happy and upset about.
--The Nets are playing the same style the Wizards did last series, doubling or tripling LeBron James and he's giving it up.  Right now it is Sasha Pavlovic and Larry Hughes who are taking advantage because the Nets are helping with guards in the zone.  The Wizards helped with bigs, which is why Ilgauskas and Gooden were always open.  Of course making Sasha and Hughes beat you is a prudent play over the long haul.  LeBron didn't score in the second quarter, which the Nets are probably very pleased about.
--After committing just three turnovers in the first quarter, the Nets gave it away seven times in the second, which got the Cavs out and running more.  The Cavs scored 11 points off those TOs, it is why they are leading.
--Early in the quarter you see how fast Vince Carter can change a game.  He made three in a row and it kicked off a 13-2 run.  In the first half he was 6-of-15 for 15 points.  This is acceptable, the Cavs will live with that.  It also benefits that the officials are letting them play so Carter has only gotten to the line once.  More important for the Cavs, Richard Jefferson scored just five points on three shots.  He is the guy that must be held down from the Cavs perspective.
--LeBron James only went to the basket in the half court once and he got an offensive foul.  As a team the Cavs got to foul line just twice, which isn't their game.  Also, Z and Drew were not factors in the second quarter.  What the Cavs are happy about is they are shooting just 38 percent yet are ahead in the game.  This is because the Nets are shooting just 42 percent and are 2-of-10 on 3-pointers.  The Nets will make some treys.  Now, will the Cavs run better offense and improve that percentage.

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