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Monday, March 5, 2012

Game 36: Jazz at Cavs

UTAH JAZZ (18-19) 109, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (13-23) 100

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

WHAT HAPPENED: The Jazz are the last-place team in the Northwest Division. The Cavs appear to be heading there unless they find a way to right the ship. They have lost six in a row and are starting to show their blemishes.

Coach Byron Scott made two significant changes to the starting lineup. The new starters are Alonzo Gee at small forward and Ryan Hollins at center. It's hard to figure just what's next.

This team looks like it could go belly-up. Something drastic needs to happen to snap them out of this tail spin.

They went into the game knowing they had to hold down the Jazz's two frontcourt brutes - Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. But both big men did what they wanted. Jefferson had a game-high 25 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Magnificent night.

He got little resistance from Hollins, who finished with three points and four rebounds in 27 minutes. This team needs to find another quality big either in the draft, free agency or via trade. It probably won't happen at the trade deadline, just nine days away.

They are expected to be sellers and not buyers at the deadline, if they do anything at all. I have serious doubts they can get a first-round pick for Ramon Sessions, but it could happen.

The Jazz knocked off the Cavs on Jan. 10, 113-105. Jefferson had 22 of his season-high 30 points in the second half when the Jazz held off the Cavs.

UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Denver at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Josh Howard (6-7, 210)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Paul Millsap (6-8, 253)
C Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) vs. Al Jefferson (6-10, 289)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Raja Bell (6-5, 210)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Devin Harris (6-3, 192) 
Cavs – G/F Christian Eyenga, C Anderson Varejao 
Jazz - F DeMarre Carroll 

Ron Garretson,  Scott Wall,  Zach Zarba


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