Cleveland Cavaliers (45-30) @ New Jersey Nets (46-28)
Saturday, April 8, 2006
Time: 10:00am PT, 1:00pm ET
TV: NBALP, WUAB
Radio: WTAM 1100
Location: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ BENCH
NEW JERSEY NETS’ BENCH
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ NOTES
• Cleveland’s forwards will need to have strong performances to offset the disadvantage the team faces at the guard positions. If the Cavaliers fail to win those battles, it will be over.
• The Cavaliers need to have a firm control over the tempo to win this game. It would be better for Cleveland to play at their pace and lose the game, at least playing the game on their own terms, than to challenge New Jersey at their own game and proceed to get blown out.
NEW JERSEY NETS’ NOTES
• Run Cleveland out of the gym and force turnovers with pressure on the ball. If Cleveland gets a lead, step up the defensive pressure to speed the game up and take advantage of Cleveland’s mistakes.
• Win the game by showing more intensity than the Cavaliers. The Nets need to hustle and win this game from the start with a strong opening half of basketball.
Cleveland is coming off a loss to New York, a game in which the Cavs fell behind and came back with a chance to win, but came up short. The issue with Cleveland is that one quarter of good basketball not only won’t beat New Jersey, frankly, it won’t even be close to getting the job done.