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Pre-game notes: Cavs vs. Bulls

By George Thomas Published: November 5, 2009

CLEVELAND - It looks as if Delonte West will be in coach Mike Brown’s rotation until he has to deal with his legal issues. But even with West back, Brown doesn’t plan to make any changes to his starting lineup just yet. ‘’For now I like it and I’m going to keep grinding away to see how it turns out, but if I feel like I need to make a change, I will,’’ he said. Of course West was last year’s starter at shooting guard, the spot now occupied by Anthony Parker (9.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists) and that may very well happen again. I haven’t said anything to our team about this being set in stone or this is how it’s going to be for the rest of the year,’’ Brown said. Brown is aware of the lift that West’s presence provides to his team, but that alone doesn’t guarantee a starting spot. ‘’Whenever he’s on the floor and it would be the same if we were missing Z or LeBron or Mo or Andy, when that piece comes back on the floor, you tend to get a boost,’’ he said. West and refs One of the first things casual observers jumped on regarding West was a technical foul he received on his first night back.   For anyone else that might have been no big deal, for West, given recent events, there might be a tendency to over react.  Brown isn’t, however. ‘’I don’t like any of our guys getting techs, so anybody who gets (them), I’m going to watch close,‘’ he said. ‘’We pride ourselves on being a no-excuse team, but yeah we want to get our point across at times, but we do not want to give up points to help our opponent just so we can get the last word in.’’ Rose in bloom? Chicago Bulls point guard phenom Derrick Rose sat out most of the preseason with a sprained ankle.  By all accounts he’s looked a bit rusty in the regular season and that injury still isn’t fully healed.  Brown doesn’t expect that ankle to be a hindrance as the Bulls stampede into Quicken Loans Arena tonight. ‘’He’s developing very well.  You can just feel the maturity he has on the floor, comfort level he has on the floor has just skyrocketed,’’ he said of Rose.   ‘’He’s already talented as it is.  He’s already athtletic as it is and now he’s putting it all together.’’

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