Cleveland Cavaliers (43-29) @ Charolotte Bobcats (20-53)
Sunday, April 2, 2006
Time: 3:00pm PT, 6:00pm ET
TV: FSOhio, NBALP
Radio: WTAM 1100
Location: Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS’ BENCH
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ NOTES
• This is a game Cleveland should win, thus they need to avoid a letdown. Their emotions were running high after beating the Heat and that same momentum needs to continue as Cleveland strives to secure the homecourt.
• Work the LeBron to Z inside-outside connection to perfection. Get Zydrunas some touches early because if Zydrunas scores some baskets early, he’ll usually be solid the rest of the game. If Marshall struggles, Coach Brown needs to let Varejao take his minutes. LeBron and Anderson have good chemistry together.
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS’ NOTES
• If Cleveland plays around and doesn’t play to their potential, the Bobcats need to get out to an early lead. Stretch that lead out as far as possible before the Cavs begin to regroup for their inevitable charge. Let Felton go wild and pick up where he left off in the last meeting between the teams.
• Get Cleveland out of their comfort zone. Let the game take an inconsistent turn and in the midst of the chaos, get Cleveland out of their strong halfcourt game of pounding and grinding. Charlotte would rather have Cleveland fail to exploit their advantage in the paint and not pick on that weakness over and over again.
The Bobcats will play with nothing to lose, so the pressure is on Cleveland to avoid the upset. If Cleveland can win a road game on the second night of a back-to-back, their momentum will continue and carry over into the next game.