Utah Jazz (11-13) VS Cleveland Cavaliers (13-9)
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
TV: Fox Sports Net
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Mike Brown / Jerry Sloan
Eric Snow / Deron Williams
Larry Hughes / Gordan Giricek
LeBron James / Andrei Kirilenko
Donyell Marshall / Jarron Collins
Zydrunas Ilgauskas / Mehmet Okur
Cleveland Cavaliers Bench
Damon Jones / Luke Jackson / Ira Newble / Drew Gooden / Alan Henderson
Utah Jazz Bench
Matt Harpring / Greg Ostertag / Devin Brown / Milt Palacio / Keith McLeod
Carlos Boozer--hamstring (not with team!)
When a Cavalier fan thinks Utah Jazz, immediately Boozer comes to mind. He is still injured and not with the team on the road trip. This is the second year he has skipped coming to Cleveland, I wonder is he scared to face the fans? Last year his face was posted on the scoreboard periodically so the fans could boo him. Has Cleveland moved on yet? It seems clear to me that the Cavs are better off without Carlos. I was upset at first too, but now i am happy the fool is not on our team. We should cheer he's not here!
Andrei Kirilenko, Utah's best all-around player, only played 12 minutes last game due to a hurt back. He should be able to go, perhaps not at 100%. Mehmet Okur has been the Man on the Jazz, leading the team in points and rebounds.
The mighty Cavaliers are coming off two strong wins over Denver and Miami. They have broken out of the funk they were in, and seem to be on the right track. They played awesome in the first 3 quarters of the Miami game. They let up in the 4th, but LeBron saved us. Like Reghi says, we need to bottle and cap the first 3 of the Miami game. Great ball movement, driving to the hoop, tons of assists, inside/outside game, defensive toughness, monster effort!
I feel like the Jazz are severely overmatched in this one. With the Cavs strong play lately, and the history with Boozer, I just think we are going to roll over them. We can handle Okur and AK-47. At home and with the Mojo, I predict a win of 20+!!!