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Pregame: Bobcats at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 3, 2012

Charlotte Bobcats (1-3) at Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2)
Time: 7 p.m., Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC

Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Bobcats probables: PG D.J. Augustin, SG Gerald Henderson, SF Corey Maggette, PF D.J. White, C Boris Diaw
Injuries: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out; Bobcats -- Eduardo Najera (knee) out, Reggie Williams (knee) out, Tyrus Thomas (ankle) doubtful

Notes
* The matchup to watch is probably at point guard between Augustin and Irving. Augustin is averaging 14.3 points and 6.3 assists. He has scored in double figures in 24 of his last 30 games dating back to last season.

* Former Ohio State big man B.J. Mullens is finding a home with the Bobcats. Mullens, who now goes by Byron, has scored in double figures in two of four games after doing it just once in his previous 26 career games.

* Center Boris Diaw has led the Bobcats in assists in three of their four games. Strange.

* As I wrote yesterday, no one with the Cavs is overly ecstatic by the 2-2 start to the season. This was a team that began last year 5-5 before everything fell apart, so four games is hardly a proper sample size. But there are good things happening with the Cavs.

* Critics of the Tristan Thompson selection have gone silent. The team is obviously being very careful with him early on, but his physical skills and mental makeup are both off the charts. J.J. Hickson had all the physical ability in the world, but his attitude was questioned quite a bit. Not so with this kid.

* Byron Scott made a good point Monday afternoon: Last year he consistently chastised his team for their lack of effort, focus and preparation. He hasn't had to do that much this season. Hickson was one of the problems with that, at least early in the season, but Irving and Thompson have been sensational with their work ethics. Truth is, that's a big reason the Cavs drafted them.

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