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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Game 39: Rockets at Cavs

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

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs have now won three in a row, but all the talk after the game was the trade deadline. We're only days away from the deadline. Will the Cavs trade Ramon Sessions or Antawn Jamison?

Point guard Kyle Lowry, once signed to an offer sheet by the Cavs, is in the hospital with a stomach problem. His absence made a big difference for the Rockets, even though they dished out 25 assists.

Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving did play, but not as well as fans have been accustomed. But once the fourth quarter arrived, he was his normal self. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Guard Manny Harris' second 10-day contract expired after Sunday's game. The Cavs didn't suppress the news. Harris sat down in his locker and said he had been let go.

He said he's not sure what he's going to do, other than wait until after the trade deadline to make a decision. Heck, the Cavs could bring him back at a later day, but they'd have to sign him for the rest of the season.

The Cavs like the fact that they have an open roster spot in case they pull off a two-for-one deal at the deadline. Harris said he might return to the D-League Canton Charge at a later date. I wish they could have given him more of a chance. He played only three games during his two 10-day contracts.

My guess is the Cavs are going to do something tradewise. They are trying really hard to get another first-round pick. They aren't having any luck. They could acquire a young player with their cap space.

Hornets center Emeka Okafor's name has been kicked around. It sounds like they might have some interest in absorbing his massive contract. 

UP NEXT: The Cavs host Toronto at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. 

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Chandler Parsons (6-9, 227)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Luis Scola (6-9, 245)
C Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) vs. Samuel Dalembert (6-11, 250)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Kevin Martin (6-7, 185)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Goran Dragic (6-3, 190) 
Cavs – G/F Christian Eyenga, F Luke Harangody
Rockets - G Terrence Williams, G Kyle Lowry 
Tom Washington, Sir Allen Conner, Mark Lindsay


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