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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Game 13: Warriors at Cavs

at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

The Cavs had major difficulty defending Warriors power forward David Lee, who led all scorers with 29 points and nine rebounds.

He wasn't the player that the Cavs feared coming into the game. It was guard Monta Ellis who came into the game sixth in the NBA in scoring at 26.7 per game. He was limited to just 10 points on 2 of 12 shooting.

If you had said he was only going to score 10 points and that Stephen Curry wouldn't play, one would like the Cavs' chances. But the Warriors forced 25 turnovers and jacked up 94 shots from the field.

They cause problems offensively for any team. They run-and-gun, and even though the Cavs are playing transition basketball, they are not ready for what the Warriors throw at teams.

They signed free agent Nate Robinson recently, and he fits in perfectly with the Warriors. He had 17 points and 10 assists for the Warriors.

If the Cavs had protected the ball, and just cut their turnovers in half, they'd probably won the game going away. This is the Cavs' fifth game of 20 or more turnovers.

Center Anderson Varejao finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. He became the first Cavs player to grab 10 or more rebounds in eight consecutive games since Tyrone Hill from Feb. 1, 1997, to Feb. 23, 1997.

The Cavs played without shooting guard Anthony Parker, who sat out the second half of the win over Charlotte on Monday with a sore back. It will mark the first change to the starting lineup this season.

Daniel Gibson started at shooting guard. He defended well against Ellis, but the Cavs could have used more than six points from him on the night.

Forward Omri Casspi had 11 points, the third consecutive game in double figures in scoring.

UP NEXT: The Cavs host Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. 

SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. Dorell Wright (6-9, 205)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. David Lee (6-9, 240)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Andris Biedrins (7-0, 240)
SG Daniel Gibson (6-2, 200) vs. Monta Ellis (6-3, 185)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Charles Jenkins (6-3, 220)
Cavs – G/F Christian Eyenga, G Anthony Parker 
Warriors - C Kwame Brown, G Stephen Curry 
Tom Washington,  Nick Buchert,  Leroy Richardson


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