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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Game 27: Pacers at Cavs

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

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs welcomed back leading scorer Kyrie Irving to the starting lineup. He missed the previous three games with a concussion. Irving was very good in his return with 22 points.

He really didn't look like he had missed a week. He was his normal self.

The star of the game was center Semih Erden, who had a career-high 18 points and eight rebounds. One could make a case he outplayed Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who is headed to the All-Star game.

The key is whether Erden shows up against Miami. He could return to his former self against the Heat, who really don't have any big centers like Hibbert. They start Joel Anthony, who is a 6-9 athlete who likes to run the floor. Udonis Haslem also logs some time at center.

These guys will draw Erden out from around the basket, which provides driving lanes for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

The Pacers have lost their last five games. Leading scorer Danny Granger sprained his ankle in the Heat game on Tuesday and didn't play.

The Pacers looked like a solid playoff team, at least before their losing streak. Shooting guard Paul George is starting to come into his own this season, even though he didn't play well on Wednesday.

This is the middle game of the Pacers' back-to-back-to-back set. They lost to Miami on Tuesday. The Heat came to Cleveland after that game and will remain here until their game against the Cavs on Friday.

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

SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. Dahntay Jones (6-6, 225)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. David West (6-9, 240)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Roy Hibbert (7-2, 260)
SG Daniel Gibson (6-2, 200) vs. Paul George (6-8, 215)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Darren Collison (6-0, 180) 
Cavs – G Anthony Parker, G/F Christian Eyenga 
Pacers - none
Greg Willard, Brian Forte, Matt Myers


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