Blogs > Cleveland Cavaliers Blog

Find out the scoop on the CAVS from award-winning sports writer Bob Finnan.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Game 70: Nets at Cavs

NEW JERSEY NETS (23-47) 98, CAVS (13-57) 94 (OT)
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs have lost 10 of their last 12 games, including four in a row. They also have forgotten how to win at The Q where they've dropped their last six.

Coach Byron Scott has been talking about a lineup change for two days. He finally unveiled it at shootaround: Ryan Hollins started at center. Big deal.

Actually, the 7-footer competed on Wednesday and locked horns with Nets center Brook Lopez. One can see why Nets fans complain about Lopez's lack of aggression. He didn't have a rebound in the first half. He ended with 18 points and five rebounds.

Scott explained that the Cavs are too small in the frontcourt, which is true. Hollins had six points, five rebounds and a block before fouling out with 59.4 seconds left in overtime.

If I'm Scott, I'd leave Hollins in the starting lineup for the time being. He gives the Cavs some needed size. He also plays hard and isn't afraid to mix it up with the opposition.

But despite being the team's tallest player, Hollins came into Wednesday's game with a 2.4 rebounding average. It's one of the worst averages on the team.

-- The only two players that weren't injured that were saddled with DNP-CDs on Wednesday were twin brothers Stephen and Joey Graham.

-- Browns cornerback Joe Haden showed up again in his Cavs' garb on Wednesday. This time, he ditched his younger brother in place of a blond.

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Sasha Vujacic (6-7, 205)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Kris Humphries (6-9, 235)
C Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) vs. Brook Lopez (7-0, 265)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Anthony Morrow (6-5, 210)
PG Ramon Sessions (6-3, 190) vs. Jordan Farmar (6-2, 180)
Cavs – F Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao, C Semih Erden.
Nets – G Deron Williams, G/F Quinton Ross, G Ben Uzoh.
Marc Davis, Josh Tiven,  Sean Wright


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home