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Recap: Nuggets 127, Cavs 99

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 16, 2011

There isn't much left to say about this night, this trip or even this season. The Cavs were bad before the injuries. Now they're nearing unwatchable.

It's difficult to truly gauge where this team is at because of all the injuries. Antawn Jamison is the only remaining starter from the lineup Byron Scott was using just a couple of weeks ago. Daniel Gibson is expected back for Wednesday's game against the Suns, and right on time. Otherwise, I'm not certain the Cavs could find eight healthy bodies to dress.

The extent of Mo Williams' injury isn't known, but either way, it isn't good news. This is something that has lingered since the preseason and Williams accepted long ago he wouldn't be healthy at any point this year. For those of you clamoring for the Cavs to trade him, forget it. Williams' contract was going to make it tough to move him even if he were fully healthy. Now that he has lingering groin and hip injuries, the odds of him remaining with the Cavs for the rest of the season seem pretty strong.

All in all, that's not exactly a bad thing. His numbers have been dreadful this sesaon, but that has to be blamed on the injuries. Depending on what direction the Cavs go in the draft, they can have a young big and a veteran point guard or a young point guard and a veteran Williams to either groom him or trade. As Williams nears the end of his deal, he becomes a little easier to move.

Sadly, that's all Cavs fans have to look forward to these days. Injuries, and an inability to play defense even when healthy, have already sabotaged this season.

Stats
Cavs

Ramon Sessions 21 points, nine assists
Antawn Jamison 17 points, 7 of 22 shooting
Manny Harris 14 points, 4 of 14 shooting
J.J. Hickson 13 points, nine rebounds
Nuggets
Nene 22 points, seven rebounds
Chauncey Billups 21 points, eight assists
Aaron Afflalo 21 points
Carmelo Anthony 12 points

Turning point
Mo Williams went down with a strained left hip flexor five minutes into the game. That essentially ended the Cavs' night. But then the Nuggets scored on 11 straight possessions in the second quarter to remove all doubt.

Key stat
The Cavs tied a franchise record for most points allowed in a half with 80. The Nuggets, in fact, are the only team to do it to the Cavs and they've now done it twice. They initially set the record during the 1981-82 season.

They said it
“Ain't much more you can ask for with seven guys out there and some guys playing out of position.'' -- Cavs guard Ramon Sessions

Up next
The Cavs (8-32) host Phoenix at 7 p.m. on Saturday

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