Game 11: Cavs at Hornets
at New Orleans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: Cavs coach Byron Scott said the starting lineup is in an "adjustment period."
There has been injuries to key personnel, namely Anderson Varejao and Mo Williams, but they are whole once again. The problem is the starters combined for just 36 points. The high man was Varejao, who had 10 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and one block. He was just 4 of 14 from the field.
The Cavs are encouraging Andy to take more shots, but no one wants him to be the team leader. The Hornets' two bigs, David West and Emeka Okafor, swatted six shots between them.
The Cavs' bench, No. 1 in the NBA in scoring, is now averaging a league-high 46 points. They combined for a season-high 65 on Friday against the Hornets. Forward Antawn Jamison had a season-high 20 points and 11 rebounds.
There was a lot of pre-game banter about Hornets point guard Chris Paul. There's no question he's one of the best - if not the best - point guards in the NBA. But the player that usually pounds the Cavs is West. The former Xavier University product finished with a season-high 34 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
The Cavs welcomed back point guard Mo Williams. He ended with eight points and two assists in 21 minutes.
The Cavs were healthy for only the third game this season. They'll need everyone - and more - in the two weekend games in New Orleans and San Antonio.
BRUISED SHOULDER - Cavs guard Daniel Gibson played with a bruised right shoulder. The injury was suffered in practice, courtesy of teammate Ryan Hollins.
"Sitting on the bench, it gets stiff on you," Gibson said. "It's just working yourself into the game and getting a nice sweat going. It took me getting hit on it to actually feel comfortable, like I could get out there and play with no fear."
SF Jamario Moon (6-8, 200) vs. Trevor Ariza (6-8, 210)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. David West (6-9, 240)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Emeka Okafor (6-10, 255)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Marco Belinelli (6-5, 200)
PG Ramon Sessions (6-3, 190) vs. Chris Paul (6-0, 175)
Cavs - F/C Samardo Samuels, G Christian Eyenga, G Manny Harris.
Hornets - C Paul Gray, G Marcus Thornton.
Bob Delaney, John Goble, Eric Lewis.