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Game #47 - Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers

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2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
VS
9-37 35-11
January 27, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
7:00 PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / FSNOhio HD; NBATV
Probable starters:
Jonny Flynn PG Daniel Gibson
Corey Brewer SG Anthony Parker
Damien Wilkins SF LeBron James
Kevin Love PF J.J. Hickson
Al Jefferson C Shaquille O'Neal

The Cavaliers have been red hot. They've won 5 straight and are beating all the top teams in the NBA. The one consistent about the Cavaliers, however, is their inconsistency against some of the less talented teams in the NBA. Unlike last season when Cleveland dominated the bottom-feeders and struggled against the premier competition, this season has seen the Cavaliers sweep LA, go 2-0 against Atlanta, 1-0 against Orlando, and win, on the road, at Portland and Phoenix. Home losses to Charlotte, however, are an example of playing down to competition.

You get the sense that heading into February the Cavaliers are really going to turn it up a notch. Without Mo Williams and Delonte West the Wine and Gold are a wounded animal - that makes them extremely dangerous to everybody.

With 9 of their next 10 games at home, the Cavaliers can really distance themselves from the rest of the Eastern Conference as we head towards the All-Star Break. To do so, however, LeBron James will have to continue to be out-of-this-world and Daniel Gibson will need to keep stroking clutch 3-pointers late in games.

Let the fun begin!

3-in the Key

1. At 35-11, the Cavaliers have now tied for their 2nd best start after 46 games in team history(88-89) and their 23-6 record over the last 29 games is the best in the NBA

2. The Cavaliers are 20-4 over their last 24 games, and 17-3 at The Q, the best home record in the NBA

3. Cleveland has beaten the T-Wolves 8 straight times, 3 straight at The Q, by an average score of 97-81.