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Final - 10.30.2008 1 2 3 4 Total
Charlotte Bobcats 16 17 26 20 79
Cleveland Cavaliers 25 25 18 28 96

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  FIELD GOALS   REBOUNDS  
  POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
M.Williams G 32:37 7-14 1-6 2-2 +11 2 2 4 7 4 1 1 0 0 17
D.West G 30:00 3-8 2-6 1-2 0 1 5 6 2 2 2 1 1 1 9
L.James F 30:16 7-15 0-2 8-12 +10 2 7 9 9 3 0 5 1 0 22
B.Wallace F 24:18 1-2 0-0 0-0 +11 2 8 10 0 1 1 0 5 0 2
Z.Ilgauskas C 30:11 4-9 0-1 3-4 +13 0 3 3 0 2 2 1 2 0 11
D.Gibson 30:57 10-14 4-6 1-5 +32 3 1 4 2 2 0 2 0 2 25
A.Varejao 20:34 1-2 0-0 0-0 +12 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
A.Pavlovic 18:02 0-1 0-0 2-2 +7 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 2
J.Hickson 10:27 1-4 0-0 2-2 -2 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 4
W.Szczerbiak 06:39 0-1 0-1 0-0 +1 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0
L.Wright 03:11 1-2 0-0 0-0 -4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
T.Kinsey 02:48 0-0 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
TOTAL   240 35-72 7-22 19-29   13 33 46 23 23 7 15 11 4 96
  48.6% 31.8% 65.5% TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15


Cavaliers Thoughts

  • Early on we are seeing the way Mike Brown would like to use LeBron James.  I think.  In Boston, during a close game, Brown was able to limit James to 36 minutes.  Of course, LeBron was in a bit of foul trouble.  It had to be encouraging, however, that the Cavs remained competitive with the Celtics with LeBron off the floor for extended periods.  Last night, the Cavaliers were able to give LeBron even more rest, with James playing only 30 minutes.  For a guy who averaged over 40 minutes per game last season, only playing around 33 minutes has to be like a vacation.  
  • Can we just eliminate the 3rd quarter?  I mean, really, the Cavs don't need it.  In fact, it hurts them.  After being outscored 24-13 in the 3rd against Boston, it appeared the Cavaliers were going to give back a big lead to the Bobcats last night, watching a 17-point halftime lead shrink to 5.  Fortunately, the Cavs were able to pump it back to 9 by the end of the quarter.  Still, the Cavs gave up 26 points, while shotting 4/14 in the quarter(0-6 from distance).  Through two games, the Cavaliers have been outscored 50-31 in the 3rd quarter.  Not a good way to get the 2nd half going.
  • Daniel Gibson was on fire, giving the Cavaliers a huge lift off the bench.  Gibson scored 20 points in the first half, shot 10/14 from the field and was everywhere on defense as well.  Inexplicably, Gibson was 1-5 from the free throw line, including missing all 3 attempts in the 4th quarter after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.  Gibson also missed a free throw after Larry Brown was called for a technical.  I'll let it slide because I know Gibson is a good free throw shooter and the rest of his night was so good.  If the Cavaliers get that type of production from Gibson on a consistent basis they are going to be very tough.  The Cavaliers were an amazing +32 when Gibson was on the floor.
  • Wally Szczerbiak looks completely lost on the field.  After playing 16 worthless minutes against Boston, Wally World played just 7 minutes last night, missing his only shot and collecting 3 fouls.  Can someone send out a search party for Wally's game?  
  • I like J.J. Hickson alot.  The energy he brings into the game is addicting and the dude can jump out of the gym.  I know Mike Brown like veterans and he has little patience for the mistakes rookies make, especially on defense(though, M.B. will allow vets to make those same mistakes....go figure).  Hickson has to get playing time, however.  He reminds me of Anderson Varejao with a much better offensive game.  He may not be the defender that Varejao is right now, but the pure hustle will win over teammates and fans alike, much like Andy did his rookie season.

 

  FIELD GOALS   REBOUNDS  
  POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
R.Felton G 33:33 1-10 1-2 2-3 -11 2 0 2 5 4 1 2 1 3 5
J.Richardson G 29:00 8-18 2-4 6-6 +1 1 3 4 4 4 1 2 1 0 24
G.Wallace F 30:14 4-10 0-1 5-5 -11 0 5 5 1 6 2 1 1 1 13
S.May F 15:11 0-6 0-0 2-2 -5 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
E.Okafor C 36:35 2-6 0-0 3-4 -7 5 7 12 1 1 0 3 1 2 7
D.Augustin 25:09 3-8 0-3 6-6 -20 0 0 0 2 4 0 4 0 0 12
A.Morrison 23:14 4-9 0-2 1-1 -13 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 9
M.Carroll 12:59 0-2 0-0 0-0 -11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
N.Mohammed 12:37 2-3 0-0 0-0 -6 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 4
L.Johnson 09:50 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J.Dudley 08:27 1-1 0-0 1-4 -4 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
A.Ajinca 03:11 0-1 0-0 0-0 +4 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 1 0
TOTAL   240 25-74 3-12 26-31   14 20 34 16 24 6 13 4 11 79
  33.8% 25.0% 83.9% TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13


BOBCATS THOUGHTS

 

  • Bust Alert!  Bust Alert!  Sean May might be the most disappointing high draft pick ever to come out of North Carolina.  May, when he isn't injured, has done very little on the NBA level and last nigth he was downright awful -- 15 minutes, 0-6 shooting, 3 rebounds, 2 points.  Larry Brown isn't very fond of May from what has been said in NBA circles, and if May continues to play that way he did last night it won;t take long for Brown to do what he does best, publically humiliate him.
  • I wonder if L.B. longs for his days in Detroit.  Think about it, with the Pistons he had a great team that was going to be in Championship contention every season.  Too bad Brown's ego couldn't let him realize what he had.  Now, trips to New York and now Charlotte have Brown's legacy in serious doubt.  Oh yea, and there was that Olympic debacle.
  • Did Adam Morrison's shot disappear like the mullet he shaved off this week?  Morrison is a nice player, but will never be anywhere close to being worth where he was drafted.
  • Anyone else think Gerald Wallace would look good in a Cavaliers uniform??