* The Cavs have lost to the Bobcats four times already (counting two meaningless preseason games), and Big Al Jefferson didn't even play in the two regular season games that mattered. He's healthy tonight, while the Cavs are without Anderson Varejao. Not a good way to start off a critical weekend.
* And this is clearly a critical weekend for a team trying to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Cavs need at least a split between Friday and Saturday against the Knicks. If they're swept this weekend, given what lies ahead, it could be over.
* Mike Brown acknowledged this week teams with big, physical post players have hurt the Cavs in recent weeks. The Bobcats fall right in line with Jefferson. Brown thinks the Cavs have struggled against the Bobcats so badly because everyone does something a little different and all have given the Cavs problems. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on his cuts to the basket, Gerald Henderson on the post, Kemba Walker in pick-and-roll and Josh McRoberts in pick-and-roll. "They have a lot of different types of pieces that have been able to attack us the right way," Brown said.