Pacers 104 @ Cavs 107

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  1. DajuanWagner#2

    DajuanWagner#2 JBB JustBBall Member

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    Preview: Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday,3.00 pm, Gund Arena

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    <font color="Yellow">Indiana Pacers</font> (48-16) @ <font color="DarkRed">Cleveland Cavaliers</font> (29-36)</div>

    Sunday, Mar. 14, 3.00 pm Eastern
    Gund Arena, Cleveland, Oh
    TV: No TV (Joe Tait time for Clevelanders)

    Vegas Line: Check back gameday

    Season Series: Cavaliers 0, Pacers 3
    11.05.03 Cavaliers 90 @ Pacers 91
    12.15.03 Cavaliers 85 @ Pacers 95
    12.30.03 Cavaliers 89 @ Pacers 92

    Previous Game
    Cavaliers 106 @ Raptors 92
    Pacers 99 @ Celtics 81

    Last 10 Games
    Cleveland: 8-2 (Won 5)
    Indiana: 9-1 (Won 7)

    Head Coaches
    [​IMG] [​IMG] Paul Silas/Rick Carlisle

    Probable Starters

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Jeff McInnis/Jamaal Tinsley
    [​IMG] [​IMG] LeBron James/Reggie Miller
    [​IMG] [​IMG] Eric Williams/Ron Artest
    [​IMG] [​IMG] Carlos Boozer/Jermaine O'Neal
    [​IMG] [​IMG] Zydrunas Ilgauskas/Jeff Foster

    6th Men
    [​IMG] [​IMG] Tony Battie/Al Harrington

    Injury Update

    Cavaliers
    Ruben Boumtje Boumtje [Ankle]
    Kedrick Brown [Knee]

    Pacers
    James Jones [Leg]
    Jamison Brewer [Toe]
    Primoz Brezec [Hamstring]

    <div align="center">Players To Watch
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    <div align="center">LeBron James/Jermaine O'Neal

    James: 20.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.56 steals
    O'Neal: 20.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks</div>

    Keys to the Game

    <u>Cavaliers</u>
    1. Work it inside with Z and Boozer early and often
    2. Keep the intensity up for a full 48 minutes
    3. Play good perimeter defense: watch Reggie!
    4. Bench MUST produce
    5. Our big 3 can't pick up early cheap fouls
    6. Don't get overconfident when a lead is established
    7. Don't let Artest get under your skin, play physical
    basketball!

    <u>Pacers</u>
    1. Get O'Neal started early
    2. Artest must contain LeBron, and make him work on
    the offensive end.
    3. Shooters must hit their shots from beyond the arc
    4. Box out, hit the offensive glass

    JUICE's TAKE
    Each game the Cavs play from here on out becomes
    more and more important. The team has been playing
    well as of late, and they had better bring their "A"
    game against the Pacers. Z has to stay out of foul
    trouble, and he needs to produce on both sides of the
    floor for us to have a chance. Boozer will do his
    usual, but it might come down to LeBron's sucess
    against Artest as the determining factor. Jermaine
    will get his, we can't let him play the pick n' roll
    all day and get three point plays. No cheap fouls! I
    see a hard fought game, a physical game, in which the
    Cavaliers keep the streak alive and win in OT, <u>106-99.</u>

    NORWAY's TAKE
    Both teams are hot right now (Cavs 8-2, Pacers 9-1),
    and both teams have a good shot at winning this game.
    This game is a must win for the Cavaliers, who are
    still battling for a playoff spot, while the Pacers
    are close to clinching. Hopefully, the Cavs can keep
    that in mind during the game, and play inspired
    basketball in order to reach their goal of the
    postseason. If the game goes to OT, I think the
    Pacers have a better chance of winning, since they are
    more experienced than the young Cavs. If not, I think
    the Cavs will get the win in a close game, <u>Cleveland
    by 1.
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  2. TracyMcWizzle

    TracyMcWizzle JBB JustBBall Member

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    pretty nice preview. i think indiana win this game... indiana by 5
     
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    Cleveland by 2.
     
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    I would really want Cavs to win this game, but for Philly sake to make the playoff'. I hope they lose. I say Indy by 11.
     
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    Even though its at home for the Cavs, the Pacers are deadly anywhere, I say the Pacers win this one by 6.
     
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    Nice preview. I think The cavs fun will be over after the pacers beat the cavs by no more than 6.
     
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    I know every game is a huge game for the Cavs, but now this is one that will be a true test because the Pacers are one of the best teams in all of basketball.

    24 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5 assists

    That is what LeBron James has done against Ron Artest and the Pacers this year. I am sure Ron will bring it his hardest this time as he hates it when people go off against him.
     
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    I say that the big match up is not LBJ and Ronny, it's gotta be Boozer, O'Neil no doubt about it. Maybe even put Z on O'Neil, but whoever is going up against him, better bring there A game, and I think that person will. I say Cavs by 10
     
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting King James:</div><div class="quote_post">
    That is what LeBron James has done against Ron Artest and the Pacers this year. I am sure Ron will bring it his hardest this time as he hates it when people go off against him.</div>

    I go on a limb and say Artest holds Lebron to 14 5 and 5. Stopping Lebron is the key to winning the game.

    I'll say Pacers by 5
     
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    James has went up against some of the toughest defenders in the NBA.

    24 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5 assists against Artest (3 games)

    32 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists against Bowen (1 game)

    But has not had big games against..

    14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists against Houston (2 games)

    Well, if you want to call that an off games? I though I could find more teams/matchups that James has had problems with, and I guess I failed, ha.

    That is why the Cavs have been hard to beat, James always fills the stat sheet and is a constant threat while he is on the court. Boozer and Ilgauskas have finally been consistent as scoring options and have been playing much better defense. Jeff McInnis has stepped up his game huge and has emerged as another consistent scoring threat and has been distributing the basketball at an elite level the last few weeks. Anthing Wagner, Williams, Battie, Kapono, or Nailon gives us are just extras.

    Back to my point though, watching James and Artest hit one another again will be a joy to watch.

    The 2nd game of this series had a play I'll never forget...

    Artest stole the ball from James and took it in for a score. The very next possession James stole it from Artest, took it the length of the floor right at Jermaine O'Neal for the score.

    O'Neal bounced off of James as there was no stopping his momentum between him and the basket. That was when I was in "awe" of LeBron's body and knew that he at any time could take anyone to the basket that he wanted (well, not counting Shaq of course)
     
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    You forgot Trenton Hassell of the Wolves:

    First game was 8/19 shooting 19 and 9 and 2

    Second game 6/18 shooting 14 points, 9 brds, 5 assists

    Not much of a difference except for the second game. As for the "I was in awe of his body" comment.....I'll take the high road and agree that he has an strong NBA body.

    Its gonna be a good matchup, I wish they had it on TV so I could see it
     
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    I did not forget Hassell, he did force James into some tough shots, but still look at the stats though, was hard for me to say that was a bad game.

    PS: You can think that about bodies if ya want, I won't tell anyone [​IMG]
     
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting King James:</div><div class="quote_post">I did not forget Hassell, he did force James into some tough shots, but still look at the stats though, was hard for me to say that was a bad game.

    PS: You can think that about bodies if ya want, I won't tell anyone [​IMG]</div>

    LB had a good first game against Hassell but in the second game it looks like Hassell got the best of him forcing him into a 6/18 shooting night.

    PS: I wasn't in "awe" of anyones body

    Anyways back to the topic at hand.......What is everyone else's take on this game? It looks like consensus says that the Pacers will take it.
     
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    Yea Artest hasn't really shut down LJ's scoring, I don't know if he guarded him when Ricky was still their I don't remember. Anyways what Artest has done though is force LJ to commit turnovers b/c he's averaging 5.67 tpg against the Pacers. (Artest 1.33 against the Cavs)

    I don't know why JO is such a scare, he's good, but he's been such a low percentage scorer this year (43.1%, getting to thel ine 6 times per game), and was shut down by the Celtics yesterday and Bosh really handled him well when they played the Raps.
     
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    JO is one of the top 5 power fowards in the league. If anything it has been him and Artest winning games for the Pacers.
     
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    Cavs 103
    Pacers 98

    Lets go Cavs!!!!!
     
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    Pacers will be too much in this game, Artest is an Offensive threat and I think he is the key for the Pacers, he needs to make shots...We all know JO will have his stats because he gets shots, but Boozer needs to make him have a horrible shooting night...Lebron will struggle I think, Artest will bring it hard this game and will have an impact, I take the Pacers by 5
     
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    <div class="quote_poster">Quoting CourtVision:</div><div class="quote_post">JO is one of the top 5 power fowards in the league. If anything it has been him and Artest winning games for the Pacers.</div>

    Yea I know, its been a mostly them but also things like having Harrington off the bench, JO and Artest's defense, and just the whole team working.

    The thing is that the JO I know is a guy that shoots close to 50% (48% range), not 43%, so if he wasn't so low this year imagine home much more they'd be winning.
     
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    It doesn't really matter how much games they win because they have a lock on first place. 6.5 games above the rest if I'm not mistaken. These guys don't need to win more games, they have to worry about how to beat the West
     
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    Do you think against the West it would be better for them having Pollard play the 5 rather than Foster?
     

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