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Sonics inch past LeBronless Cavs

By admin Published: January 31, 2008

Sonics 101, Cavs 95
--I spoke with LeBron after the game. He said the ankle was sore but not too bad, he was able to wear normal shoes. There wasn't much swelling, mostly it is just stiff and sore. LeBron said he wasn't sure he'd be able to play against the Clippers on Saturday but was pretty sure he'd be back by Tuesday's game against the Celtics at home. --The Cavs only played one quarter of defense, therefore they did not deserve to win. Pretty simple. They gave up 40 points in the first quarter because they seemed like they were pouting that LeBron was out. The Sonic shot 62 percent through the first three quarters, that's not winning basketball. LeBron not playing is probably good for them in some ways, they have to learn to suck it up. So they are not as good on offense without him, the defensive display was inexcusable against a team like the Sonics. --Tip your cap to Kevin Durant, he is a rookie and he took the game over when the Sonics saw the lead cut to three points. Major potential there. --I do give the Cavs credit for not quitting and Larry Hughes played pretty well, except when he tried to shoot over Kevin Durant twice in a row in the second half and getting swatted on jumpers. It was like watching a little kid try to play 1-on-1 against his older brother. --But that, of course, wasn't the funniest moment of the night. That belongs to Donyell Marshall when he checked into the game for the first time since November due to a wrist injury. He tore off his warmup...and his jersey as he checked into the game. He was left in an undershirt and had to be told by the official what he'd done. Then the ballboy just sort of stood there and watched instead of helping him as Donyell got called for a delay of game. Which, as Gene Hackman said in The Royal Tenebaums: "That's one last (bleep) you to the old man." LeBron nearly needed a new pair of underwear. Afterward, he was still laughing. "They are going to be showing that on the bloopers for years," LeBron said. "My kids are going to be laughing at that."
Starting lineups
Cavs: Larry Hughes, Ira Newble, Devin Brown, Drew Gooden, Zydrunas Ilgauskas Sonics: Earl Watson, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox, Kurt Thomas
--On a back-to-back without LeBron with two big wins on this trip, doesn't bode well for Cavs. They'll need a big game from Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Larry Hughes just to stay close. --The Sonics can score, especially at home. The Cavs without LeBron are a terrible team, especially on offense. LeBron should earn MVP votes tonight.
Halftime -- Sonics 62, Cavs 42 --Cavs waved the white flag on this one before it even started. It is one thing to have scoring problems without LeBron, but it is another not to defend or rebound. The Cavs gave up 40 points in the first quarter, the most they've given up in a quarter this season. The Sonics got something like 12 of the first 13 rebounds of the game. That's effort stuff. So lose, but at least lose playing hard. --Mike Brown isn't setting a very good example for maintaining poise, he was just throwing lineups out there. When LeBron is out his rotations go nuts and that is a weakness. He's got to have a better handle on what's going on out there.
Stars Durant, 24 points, four assists Wilcox, 18 points, 13 rebounds Hughes, 28 points, six rebounds Ilgauskas, 17 points, nine rebounds

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