Steve Blake is going to have issues tonight in Cleveland. He's got either Mo Williams, or Boobie Gibson, both of whom will torch Blake. It's not much better for Andre Miller, though. I'm worried that LeBron James may not even be the killer in this game. Last year in Portland, Williams killed the Blazers. That is going to continue tonight. I just hope Andre can get the offense going early and often.
Brandon Roy gets a tough defender in Anthony Parker and a decent shooter in Delonte West. Roy will be Cleveland's main concern. I'm sure they'll throw different defenders at him if he heats up. We'll have to watch for West stringing shots together. When he's focused, he's a great addition to this team. I think Roy gets it done here with another stellar all-around performance.
Do I even need to continue? Our small forward position is depleted and the Cavs have the best in the game. There is no bigger disparity. The thing we can hope for, is that Martell Webster just decides to guard James with an A-triple-plus effort. Forget about offense, play D first, and let the offense come. James is unstoppable, but maybe Webster can slow him down. We shall see.
I want to believe this will be a close game. In order for it to be truly close, LaMarcus Aldridge must do his part. Twenty and 10 would be nice, but just an overall, full 48-minute effort would be huge. J.J. Hickson has been a nice compliment to LeShaq, but he doesn't have the ability to stop Aldridge if LA really wants it. Let's make this a game in Cleveland!
|Obviously, with Oden out, this matchup gets very difficult. Prz and Shaq always have issues, and with big Z's ability to nail the outside jumper, I don't see how Joel can hang with these two all night. Undoubtedly, Prz will get called for some weak fouls, and we'll see Juwan Howard on Shaq. I hope Shaq takes the night off, but I don't see it. Cavs win the matchup, and unfortunately, also the game.|