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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Game 61: 76ers at Cavs


Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: It was great getting Kyrie Irving back for the Cavs. However, it didn't change the outcome in any way. Unless there's a drastic change, they could lose their five games on the schedule.

I don't think the Cavs have any intention of bringing center Anderson Varejao back. Coach Byron Scott said Andy wants to play, but he's still experiencing some soreness in his fractured wrist.

The 76ers looked like the team that ran roughshod over the Cavs three times this year by a combined 47 points. They have something to play for - the No. 8 playoff spot in the East. They have a tough road ahead of them, as their last four games are all on the road.

But they now have a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers looked like they were going to run away with the Atlantic Division. Fans in Philadelphia are worried, and rightfully so.

The difference in the game was the play of Jrue Holiday (24 points, 6 of 6 from behind the arc) and Andre Iguodala (19 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two steals).

Teams are routinely shooting better than 50 percent from the field on the Cavs. Of course, on Tuesday, the Pistons shot 60 percent. That's got to stop. 

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

SF Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Andre Iguodala (6-6, 207)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Elton Brand (6-9, 254)
C Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Nikola Vucevic (7-0, 240)
SG Manny Harris (6-5, 185) vs. Jodie Meeks (6-4, 208)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Jrue Holiday (6-4, 180) 
Cavs – G Daniel Gibson, C Semih Erden
76ers - none 
Dan Crawford,  Tony Brown,  James Williams







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