Game 74: Cavs at Bobcats
at Time Warner Cable Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED The Cavs need one more win to avoid the all-time worst record in franchise history. There are eight games remaining, starting with Friday's contest in Washington.
The Cavs failed to follow up on their huge victory against Miami on Tuesday. They succumbed to the Bobcats on Wednesday and haven't won two in a row since early November.
The Bobcats, fighting for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference race, remain one-game behind No. 8 Indiana.
The Cavs' frontcourt depth took a major hit when forward/center Samardo Samuels sprained his right wrist. The only big coming off the bench is Luke Harangody, who is more of a catch-and-shoot guy.
Joey Graham was forced to play up front when both J.J. Hickson and Ryan Hollins got in foul trouble.
The Bobcats played the second half without leading scorer Stephen Jackson in the second half. He's an 18.7-point scorer. His hamstring acted up and he was forced to the bench with just three points.
Kwame Brown, a 7-point scorer on the season, fired in 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
The Bobcats have won the last five games against the Cavs. Forward Boris Diaw was almost unstoppable with 26 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists.
Guard Ramon Sessions paced the Cavs with 24 points. Hickson added 20.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Stephen Jackson (6-8, 230)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Boris Diaw (6-8, 245)
C Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) vs. Kwame Brown (6-11, 275)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Gerald Henderson (6-5, 215)
PG Baron Davis (6-3, 212) vs. D.J. Augustin (6-0, 180)
PROJECTED INACTIVE LIST
Cavs – F Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao, C Semih Erden.
Bobcats – C DeSagana Diop, G Shaun Livingston, C Joel Przybilla.
Bob Delaney, Curtis Blair, Leon Wood