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Friday, February 26, 2010

Cavs vs. Raptors, Game 60

CAVS (46-14) 126, TORONTO RAPTORS (31-26) 118 (OT)
at Air Canada Centre
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Cavs played "small" ball. That will have to be the case for perhaps a couple weeks, as center Shaquille O'Neal has a sprained right thumb.

He'll have an MRI on Sunday. The Cavs might not want to hear the results.

O'Neal had difficulty defending the Raptors, whose center Andrea Bargnani likes to camp out at the 3-point line. O'Neal wants nothing to do with that strategy. He wants to protect the paint.

Anderson Varejao will move into the starting lineup for the time being. He fouled out in the fourth quarter of Friday's game with 11 points, eight rebounds and one block.

He'll have to refrain from fouling anything that moves. He needs to stay on the court longer than 23 minutes for the Cavs to be successful.

J.J. Hickson and Leon Powe are playing backup minutes at center.

All five starters scored in double figures, led by LeBron James' 36 points. He scored 36 points in each of the back-to-back games.

The Cavs caught another break. All-Star forward/center Chris Bosh missed the last four games with a sprained ankle. The Cavs faced the Celtics on Thursday without All-Star forward Paul Pierce and New Orleans on Tuesday without its best player in guard Chris Paul.

The Cavs have won their last three games. They lost to the Raptors in their last trip to Toronto on Oct. 28, 101-91, despite a triple-double by LeBron James.

The Cavs are in the midst of playing six of their next nine games on the road.

SF LeBron James vs. Hedo Turkoglu
PF Antawn Jamison vs. Rasho Nesterovic
C Anderson Varejao vs. Andrea Bargnani
SG Anthony Parker vs. DeMar DeRozan
PG Mo Williams vs. Jarrett Jack
Cavs - G Sebastian Telfair (groin) is out.
Raptors - F/C Chris Bosh (sprained left ankle) is day-to-day.
Bill Spooner, Eric Lewis, Leroy Richardson


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