Dallas Mavericks (54-16) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (41-29)
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Time: 4:00pm PT, 7:00pm ET
Radio: WTAM 1100
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
DALLAS MAVERICKS’ BENCH
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ BENCH
DALLAS MAVERICKS’ NOTES
• Get a big game out of Jason Terry. He’ll be too much for Snow or Jones, especially if the jumper is falling. If Cleveland decides to trap the ballhandler with double-teams and aggressive switches on picks, Terry will pick Cleveland apart with his vision. The Cavaliers haven't done a good job of stopping the ball against quick guards. They'll either go all-out in trying to stop it or decide to live with the consequences of whatever happens.
• Run a lot of pick-and-rolls. While Cleveland is better at denying penetration on switches this year, they still yield an abundant amount of open jumpers every night. Proceed to fire away.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ NOTES
• Cleveland needs a consistent effort to beat a team of Dallas’ calibur. The team cannot come out lackadaisical in the second half, nor can they take a few minutes off and try to steal quarters in the final moments. This especially holds true for the 4th quarter.
• Hope the Ilgauskas train isn’t out of steam and has another strong performance left. The same Zydrunas that battled neck-and-neck with Yao Ming is needed for this game. The Cavs must dominate the paint, control the glass, play ping-pong with the ball with tips and deflections and impose their size. Cleveland needs second-chance opportunities to hang with Dallas when their shooting inevitably goes cold for stretches in the game.
Cleveland had a good lead against Dallas in their last match up but wound up blowing things and being overtaken in the second half. That game featured a total collapse by the Cavaliers, mixed with a strong run by the Mavericks. Hopefully Cleveland remembers what happened last time, deciding to get on Dallas early and not let up. Cleveland’s winning streak extended to 5 games after beating Houston with a chance for 6 should they defend the home court.