Game 28: Jazz at Cavs
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: If one has any questions about the validity of the Jazz's record, take a look at them perched atop the Northwest Division. It's one of the league's top divisions and they are all alone in first place.
The Cavs, meanwhile, have fallen to the Central Division basement. Losing 11 of their last 12 games has a way of tearing the heart out of any competitive season.
A lot of things have to go right in order for them to win. They have to continue to get big nights out of their "star" players: Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao. When that happens, they've been competitive.
If they don't play extremely well - like on Monday - they're going to struggle.
I have to tell you, I love watching Coach Jerry Sloan's Jazz play. The Cavs always talk about "playing the right way." The Jazz don't talk about it. They do it.
They are so efficient on the offensive end.
They have several players who can put the ball in the basket, starting with center Al Jefferson and guard Deron Williams.
The one that really impressed me was forward C.J. Miles, a player the Jazz drafted out of high school. Remember, Oklahoma City signed him to an offer sheet when he was a restricted free agent, which the Jazz quickly matched.
He had a team-high 22 points. The lefty scores so easily from the perimeter. He's 6-6 and shoots from distance. He gets his shot off quickly. I love the guy.
HOLIDAY CHEER: Mo Williams' image is depicted in a Christmas card the NBA sent out all across the world. Mo is riding on a sled with Thunder forward Kevin Durant. It's kind of neat.
SF Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Andrei Kirilenko (6-9, 225)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Paul Millsap (6-8, 250)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Al Jefferson (6-10, 265)
SG Daniel Gibson (6-2, 200) vs. Raja Bell (6-5, 206)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 195) vs. Deron Williams (6-3, 207)
Cavs – F Joey Graham, G Christian Eyenga, F/C Leon Powe
Jazz – C Mehmet Okur.
James Capers, Mark Lindsay, Tom Washington