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The Cavaliers looked willing and likely to extend their losing streak to three games early in the third quarter tonight as their defecit swelled to twelve just seconds in. But, Mike Brown got a burst of energy from the Energizer Bunny himself, Anderson Varejao. Wild Thing went on a scoring spree spurred by his energy and hustle, and him and LeBron proved to be too much for Portland on a night where the Cavaliers were far from perfect, but good enough to secure the five-point home win.
Banged up Blazers, under the weather Cavaliers: The Portland Trail Blazers are probably the most injury-affected team in the association. Currently, they are without key players Greg Oden, Nicholas Batum, Travis Outlaw, and Rudy Fernandez. Even their head coach Nate McMillan wasn't on the road trip as he was recovering from an Achilles' tear. Assistant Dean Demopoulos wore the coaching hat for the evening. As for the wine and gold, Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao missed shootaround with flu-like symptoms. They were deemed "very questionable", but they both gave it a go after being gametime decisions. The Cavaliers were without Daniel Gibson and his swollen right pinky finger.