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GAME #22

Miami Heat (14-10) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (12-9)

Quicken Loans Arena
Saturday, December 17, 2005
7:30pm ET
TV: WUAB
Radio : WTAM 1100

Head Coaches

Pat Riley / Mike Brown

Probable Starters

Gary Payton / Eric Snow


Dwyane Wade / Larry Hughes


James Posey / LeBron James


Udonis Haslem / Drew Gooden


Shaquille O'neal / Zydrunas Ilguaskas

Cleveland Cavaliers Bench

D Jones/D Marshall/L Jackson/S Pavlovic/A Henderson/M Wilks/Z Hamilton

Denver Nuggets Bench

G Fitch/S Anderson/J Kapono/A Walker/A Mourning/E Barron/M Doleac

Cavaliers' Notes
* LeBron's 30-point streak has ended. Fortunately, it was with a win, a testament of how this team should be run.

* Cavaliers are coming off a great defensive night, holding Denver to 38% from the field and forcing 21 turnovers.

* Cleveland improved to 8-3 at home with the win over the Nuggets on Thursday.

* With Larry Hughes' 6 assists against Denver, the Cavaliers now improve to 9-1 when he dishes out more than 5 dimes.

Heat's notes
* Shaq is back, tough as he was after 3 weeks respite from an ankle injury.

* Jason Williams, regularly the starting PG, is out with knee tendinitis. Gary Payton starts in his place, and with that starting job, he's been averaging 40 minutes, 13 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal a game. He has also been uncharacteristically stepping up from the arc, nailing a trey and a half a game.

* Jason Kapono, a new pickup for the Heat this year, was drafted by Cleveland in 2003, with the 31st pick overall.

* Pat Riley, recently taking over Stan Van Gundy's job, has compiled a perfect 3-0 record since his return to the bench.


* lyXo's Keys to the Game *

* Find a way to slow down Shaq. Double-teaming is an option, but the space is spread out by emerging shooters in James Posey and Gary Payton, never before known for their outside shot. Shaq and Wade provide their teammates with the avenue to shoot 36% from downtown.

* Larry Hughes defense on Wade. Will Eric Snow have to take up the task? We'll see how Mike Brown handles this. Wade has no outside shot, but is one of the best penetrators and dishers in the game. His penetration must be halted.

* We will see the worth of all our bigs this game, the true test against the best big man in the game. Will we regret not signing Jahidi White? Or are 6 fouls enough?

* Our offense will be tough to manage. It will have to be run through Z. Pat Riley will force the slower tempo, so Z is the way to go. Banging with Shaq in the paint, take him outside to the 18 foot mark: that is how we must create the space in the interior and tire him down, lowering his effectiveness.

* I have a feeling we will live and die by the outside shot this game. Tough interior bruisers in Alonzo Mourning and Udonis Haslem will make it plain frustrating for LeBron and Larry to attack the basket. Great perimeter defenders in Wade and Posey will make it even harder to get to the hole.


Final Note:
This is going to be a tough game. They have all the pieces of a great team, and have a great guiding coach. We're still in the learning process. It's how we come together on both ends of the floor, limiting mistakes as much as possible: that's how we will be able to win this ball game.
 

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Did you put this up Karma or did lyXo write it? At any rate, good stuff.

Here's an interesting idea......

Let's change things up tonight and start Damon Jones. He's coming off one of his best games, and has had a very hot hand as of late. Going up against his old comrades, he has been a bit shaky with Coach Brown - I think it would be a gesture that could mend a lot of fences, add a punch to the starting 5 (we have started very slow in about our last 7 games), and would really make Damon happy.

Snow and Marshall off the bench first is still good - I like this idea. Who's with me?
 

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I would start Donyell tonight... Pull Haslem away from the basket..

I hope we win and I wil stay positive.... But.... :shocked: :eekrun: :uhh: :shifty: :hide: :eek:mg:
 

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This was written by LyXo. Its good stuff.

Pip, ready yourself. I again agree with you. Marshall should start.

Not only does he create more space for our scorers, but we will need all sorts of defefnsive help that Gooden does not provide.
 

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I think Donyell and Drew are like so close on the boards that Marshall's shooting touch should immediately boost him into the starting lineup...
 

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Guess whos back....back again Ira's back tell a friend :) DEFENSE BABY! I wonder how a lineup of...Snow Hughes Newble James Ilgauskas would go...temporary of course not a starting lineup. But like a 2nd quarter or something...balance of defense and scoring :)
 

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Mr. Wade feel free to pick up your eye on the 3 point line, it fell out when you got criss crossed by Larry :)
 

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Difference between Wade and LeBron...

Wade attacks, attacks, attacks,attacks,attacks

LeBron attacks, Shoots a 3 (clank) shoots a deep 2 (clank) shoots another deep 2 (clank) attacks
 

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Larry Hughes over Alonzo Mourning coming to a poster near you :chuckles: Larry is attackin tonight boys!
 

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That was the sickest pass of Z's career WHAM!
 

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HOLY SHIT... :eek:

DID YOU SEE THAT PASS FROM Z ?

SLICK..... :thumbup:
 

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Did Steve Nash drop by Z's pad and drop some tips or what?
 

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Slick pass from Bron..and let me tell you my probability of Snow scoring with Shaq lunging was like a -1% :chuckles:
 

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anyone watching, what does gooden look like? sprained ankle, less, worse?
 

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DREW IS HURT... :thumbdown

MORE MARSHALL.... :thumbup:
 

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