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Game #2 - Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors Game Night Thread

2010/2011 NBA Regular Season
0-1 1-0
October 29th, 2010
Air Canada Centre
7:00 PM
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TV - FSOhio HD
Probable starters:
Jarrett Jack PG Ramon Sessions
Demar DeRozan SG Anthony Parker
Linas Kleiza SF Jamario Moon
Reggie Evans PF J.J. Hickson
Andrea Bargnani C Ryan Hollins

Can the Cavaliers ride the wave of energy created on Wednesday at The Q all the way to Toronto? That's what we will find out when the Wine and Gold take on the Raptors tonight in their first road game of the season. The Cavaliers will once again be missing a key piece with Anderson Varejao expected to miss the game after staying behind in Cleveland with his father who is having heart surgey today. Mo Williams is also a question mark right now as he works himself into game shape after missing most of training camp.

The Raptors will be playing their second homegame after opeing against the Knicks on Wednesday Night. Like Cleveland, Toronto is trying to replace a star player that left for Miami, but if their 98-93 loss to New York is any indication they are well behind the Cavs in that effort.

3-in the Key

1. Cleveland will play their first road contest of the season in the Air Canada Centre, which is the same arena they played in for their first road game last season. The team defeated the Toronto Raptors in three out of four games last season to take the series with an average margin of victory of 9.3 points per game in the three wins.

2. Cleveland opened the 2010-11 season with a 95-87 victory over Boston. It was the third consecutive season the team has faced the Celtics to start the year. The victory was the Cavs ninth in 10 games at home versus Boston since the 2005-06 season. Only Golden State (5-0) has a better winning percentage at home versus the Celtics since then. (STATS, Inc.)

3. In the comeback win over Boston, the Cavaliers overcame a 68-57 deficit with 3:49 left in the third quarter by outscoring the Celtics 38-19 the rest of the way and 27-14 in the fourth period. The team shot 8-17 (.471) from the field and went a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line in the final period. Defensively, they held Boston to just 6-16 (.375) shooting, including 0-5 from behind the three-point line in the fourth quarter.