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Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's Sasha time

Cavs blog by Bob Finnan

Cavs coach Mike Brown pleaded with the beat writers after the game to place Sasha Pavlovic's name in the headlines for Sunday's papers.

"I have pull with these guys," Brown joked, referring to Fox Sports Ohio.

But he jokingly wanted The News-Herald and Plain Dealer to play up Sasha's contribution to the Cavs' 97-85 win over Milwaukee.

"Who says we have any pull?" the PD's Mary Schmitt Boyer said.

Sasha drained two big 3-pointers, including one at the third-quarter buzzer. But he said he was most proud of his defensive performance on Michael Redd. He slowed him down in the fourth quarter, which sparked the Cavs' rally.

The Bucks never led in the game, but they had seized the momentum in the game.

That's when LeBron James took over. Of course, we've all seen it before.

Sasha had fallen on hard times as of late. He's almost out of Brown's rotation altogether. The other night, he shot an airball on a free throw. But he had a big hand in the Cavs' win on Saturday.

So did big men Ben Wallace and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. They helped the Cavs grab 17 offensive rebounds and dominate the Bucks on the boards. Of course, Milwaukee was playing without 7-foot center Andrew Bogut, but no one in Cleveland is going to shed a tear.


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