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Game #8 Preview: Headed to Cleveland

Indiana Pacers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Saturday, November 13, 2010
7:30 pm EST
Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, Ohio

LeBron decision

After a tough loss last night that featured a really boneheaded play by Mike Dunleavy, Jr. the Pacers head to Cleveland to face the surprisingly decent Cavs. You might have heard that they no longer have LeBron James. But this year, instead of one guy who averages some 30 points per game, they have seven guys who average more than 9 a night.

Trust me, Jim O’Brien prefers it this way — especially considering the Cleveland incarnation with King James bested the Pacers eight out of the last ten times they played.

But it does mean that everyone has to buckle down and align themselves with the team defensive plan. Indy also needs to watch out for three-point shooters as Boobie Gibson, Antwan Jamison, Anthony Parker and Jawad Williams are all shooting 40% or better from behind the arc. They can probably let Mo Williams fire away though — he’s a disgusting 4/24 (16.7%) from deep this season. Gross.

UPDATE: Mo and Andy Varejao were both late scratches. Excellent. Then again … No Bogut for Milwuake; Milwaukee wins. No Yao and Brooks for Houston; Houston wins. Cut it out, pattern.

Not much else to say. A very winnable road game against a division rival that could bring the Pacers back to .500 for the year. All they have to do is go win it.

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