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Cleveland may have expected a tough time in Dallas but the blow out that occurred there was of epic proportions. The road continues to be a major hang up for this team. Inconsistent performances, high turnovers and poor shooting percentages plague this team in any arena not named Gund. It’s increasingly difficult to gauge this team. Unlike consistent teams where certain performances or games can be expected, you simply cannot take anything for granted with this team. Trying to predict wins or big performances is simply unscientific, a blind and foolish guess. After major loses, teams either respond with pride or lay down to die. The Hornets will be game with JR scoring, PJ Brown down low (who could give Drew fits) and Magloire in the middle. With Z fading as of late, Jamal is ready to do damage.



The Dallas nightmare left several members on the team with empty, distant stares. No matter what happens, this team cannot lose hope; or belief of self.
 

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It's going to be like pulling teeth to get this team into the playoffs. I don't know what it is about the Cavs that likes to collapse down the stretch. Hopefully making the playoffs will give this team it's confidence back. It would be a disaster to miss the playoffs this season.
 

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I think we start turning it around with this game. Our schedule is much better and we only play Dallas one more time. We have a much easier schedule now.
 

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Even though the schedule becomes easier, there still are no guarantees. A late injury like last season would be devastating.
 

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I wouldn't read too much into the schedule...remember just how much worse we play on the road. We're not even competing in games anymore, even last year we kept road games close for the most part.

And even IF we did slide out of the playoffs, remember that we gave up the rights to our 1st round pick this season during the Welsch trade (was playoff protected before)......that trade is looking worse and worse by the day.
 

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Hornets won't be an easy opposition despite what their record may suggest. The Hornets are now healthy, and have both Magloire and Brown back. JR Smith has been playing great lately as well, including a 33 points performance in the win against Memphis on Saturday. It's gonna be tough IMO. But a must-win game.
 

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Cavaliers hit crucial juncture in season

NEW ORLEANS - LeBron James is planning on giving it a go tonight. But what about the rest of the Cavaliers?

James took it easy in the, ahem, Big Easy, on Sunday on the tender left ankle that he re-injured in Saturday's humbling loss to the Mavericks in Dallas. He's expected to play tonight when the Cavaliers attempt to snap their 11-game road losing streak against the lowly New Orleans Hornets. It is a game that's developed into a must-win one.

James landed on Mavericks center Shawn Bradley's foot in the first quarter and turned his ankle, the same way that he first sprained it when he landed on Dahntay Jones of the Memphis Grizzlies in January. He ran softly on it and landed on his right foot on jumpers the rest of the night, scoring 19 points. He sat out the fourth quarter.

"It stopped me from running a lot of plays and cutting off screens; I'll just try to fight through it,'' James said. "We have to come in with a positive attitude, bite down and get a win.''

There's truth behind the Cavaliers' claim that their recent struggles -- 11 losses in 15 games -- can be partially pinned on a devastating portion of the schedule. Facing the 16-53 Hornets followed by the all-time also-ran Los Angeles Clippers on their home floor in a back-to-back to start a daunting five-game week is a golden chance to break that spell.

The rest of this week holds games with three playoff-caliber opponents -- at the Chicago Bulls and home games with the Sacramento Kings and Mavericks.

"We have a lot to play for and everybody realizes it,'' Cavaliers coach Brendan Malone said after running the team through a light practice at New Orleans Arena.

"This is a very important game. We have to play with intensity and jump on this team.''

The Hornets, first ruined by a run of injuries and then gutted in a series of trades, are the healthiest they've been in four months with the recent return of center Jamal Magliore, who missed 51 games, and the activation of forwards David West and Chris Andersen.

The results were immediate as New Orleans captured its biggest victory of the season on Saturday by winning at Memphis, the Hornets' first victory in their own Southwest Division all season.

So the Cavaliers, who are 1-2 under Malone and have fallen to the No. 6 slot in the Eastern Conference, shouldn't expect a rollover, just another stern test.

"This is who we have. We've had them since the beginning of the season, it's on us to try to make the playoffs,'' James said. "We have to stay positive and look deep.''
Sorry, rook

At the conclusion of practice and shootarounds on the road, the Cavaliers like to a play a 3-point shooting game with the winner getting a monetary award that will remain unspecified for taxation purposes. On his first road trip in three months after having back surgery, rookie Luke Jackson took home the crown over the weekend. However, after claiming victory, he was informed that "rookies don't get paid'' by the veterans.
Luke Jackson, you've just been punked.
 

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Man Luke can shoot. In his limited time he definitely showed that and coming off back surgery he still looks like our best shooting prospect. You wonder if he didn't get hurt how much he would have helped the Cavs. One good shooter this year and we could have won at least 5 more games this year
 

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Man Luke can shoot. In his limited time he definitely showed that and coming off back surgery he still looks like our best shooting prospect. You wonder if he didn't get hurt how much he would have helped the Cavs. One good shooter this year and we could have won at least 5 more games this year
It makes me sad thinking about it. If Luke were healthy all year, Paxson probably never would have traded for Jiri and Cleveland would still have their 1st round pick. And with that pick, they could have taken a point guard. Ack!
 

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It makes me sad thinking about it. If Luke were healthy all year, Paxson probably never would have traded for Jiri and Cleveland would still have their 1st round pick. And with that pick, they could have taken a point guard. Ack!
Don't remind me remy :curse:
 

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Man i'm just hoping we can come out and start playing with some consistency. Let's get it rolling and have our team clicking on all cylinders for once!!

This is a huge game.
 

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Hornets are shooting 70% in the game right now...
14-19 Hornets
 

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Looking bad for the cavs... Trailing hornets 34-42
 

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Here comes Smith lighting us up from 3pt line...every team kills us because no one (ESPECIALLY LEBRON) jumps out to challenge shots.

Man this team is frustrating to watch.
 
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