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DALLAS MAVERICKS (49-23) @ CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (37-34)

When: Sunday, April 3, 2005
Time: 12:30 pm PT, 3:30 pm ET
Where: Gund Arena
TV: ABC

COACHES

Avery Johnson / Brendan Malone

PROBABLE STARTERS

Jason Terry / Eric Snow

Michael Finley / Ira Newble

Josh Howard / LeBron James

Dirk Nowitzki / Drew Gooden

Shawn Bradley / Zydrunas Ilgauskas

6th MEN

Keith Van Horn / Anderson Varejão

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Dirk Nowitzki / LeBron James

Injury List

Dallas: Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Pavel Podkolzin, Tariq Abdul-Wahad

Cleveland: Luke Jackson, Dajuan Wagner, Scott Williams

remy23's Keys

* Cleveland needs to show the same effort they showed in the 4th quarter against the Kings the entire way against the Mavericks. Malone needs to pay close attention to who is hustling, fighting and scrapping and give minutes accordingly. For example, if Sasha is playing well, he should remain in the game and continue to see minutes.

* The Mavs are going to key in on James, so help better arrive. Gooden needs to establish himself early, avoid making mistakes that mentally rattle him and try not to get frustrated against Nowitzki.

* The Cavaliers need to keep a better eye on Finley this time. Cleveland must fight through screens and pick up their screen-and-roll defense. If the defender cannot make it through, the off-man must step up to show (especially if Dallas is making their shots).

* Cleveland must play well enough to let the crowd get in the game early. If Dallas explodes early in the 1st quarter, the crowd will be hush and the homecourt advantage will be lost. If that happens, this game might as well take place in a neutral gym because the energy won’t be there.

Final Thought: This is a very trying time for the team and organization. Winning is the only thing that can lift the heavy hearts, sunken heads and bruised egos of the team. To avoid sliding too much, the Cavs must win this game.
 

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I thought the best point you made was about Sasha. When he plays well the offesne is 10 times better. I wish they'd stop ****ing around and just give him the 25-30 minutes a night he should be getting.
 

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Drew has really been playing well lately...liking his effort and post offense. He's not making the mental mistakes as frequently anymore either.
 

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Strong 1st quarter...not a big enough cushion for me to be comfortable against a team like the Mavs. If we can maintain the defensive intensity going into the half, we have a good chance to get this one.
 

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If Drew plays like this to end the year, he's a keeper for sure.

End of 1st
Mavericks - 14
Cavaliers - 31

The Mavs will make their run because they are a great team. So Cleveland better be ready.
 

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Ugh...Why is Harris still in the rotation ahead of Sasha?? A Harris Newble lineup is a disaster waiting to happen.

Edit: And now he's bringing in Traylor ahead of AV? WTF.

Harris/Newble/Traylor lineup = LOSS.
 

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Why is Traylor ahead of AV?

Look at how the second quarter is failing already. AV and Sasha need to be the first two guys off the bench.
 

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this lead will be gone by the half.
Cavs will be lucky if they're not blown out again.

Malone learned nothing from the Kings and Hornets games.
 
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I guess what he is trying to do is run Lebron James into the ground. Were up 20 in the 2nd quarter and you cant get this kid a break ????


Will he have any legs left come time for the playoffs ?
 

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LBJ to LJ for 3 said:
I guess what he is trying to do is run Lebron James into the ground. Were up 20 in the 2nd quarter and you cant get this kid a break ????


Will he have any legs left come time for the playoffs ?
No ****. I don't even think Silas was playing Lebron full games like this.

Gonna bite us in the *** in the 2nd half once the Mavs make their push.
 

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Lebron's going to need to be out there in the second half. The only reason the Cavs are up is because the Mavs are missing shots they normally make. The Cavs offense has fallen way out of sync. Drew Gooden sat out too long considering how he was playing.

Malone needs to get AV and Gooden out there together. Is it really that hard?
 

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Z is playing awful (again).

Late on rotations, no lift on his inside shots, missing wide open jumpers, etc.

His legs are completely shot.
 

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Dallas back in the game.

Halftime
Mavericks - 30
Cavaliers - 42
 
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