Originally written March 18, 2013 on Fox Sports Ohio:
OPENING TIP Anyone wondering whether the Cavaliers would continue to play hard in their third straight non-playoff season only needed to see Saturdays loss at San Antonio. The Cavs played with energy, determination and even a little sizzle in falling to the Wests top-ranked team. Meanwhile, the Pacers are in the playoffs, and have plenty for which to play. Like the Cavs, theyve lost two straight. For the Pacers, that actually means something. Theyll desperately scratch and claw to end that skid tonight. Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. TVRadio: 6:30 p.m. EST, FOX Sports OhioWTAM All-Time Series: Pacers lead, 85-82. PROJECTED STARTERS INDIANA PACERS (40-26) C Roy Hibbert PF David West SF Paul George SG Lance Stephenson PG George Hill CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (22-44) C Tyler Zeller PF Tristan Thompson SF Alonzo Gee SG Dion Waiters PG Shaun Livingston Pregame notes: FOX Sports Ohio analyst Campy Russell says to watch out for Stephenson, and Russell is right. Stephenson is an up-and-coming scorer who, like Waiters, has a little bit of an edge to his game. Stephenson will try to get in an opponents head, and often succeeds. The Cavs have lost three of four and six of 10. The Pacers have won three of four in the series, and two in a row at The Q. Danny Granger (knee) is out again for the Pacers. George has emerged as a suitable replacement for the injured Granger -- averaging a team-high 17.6 points per game and making his first All-Star appearance. The Pacers are 17-7 when George leads them in scoring. The Pacers are one of the leagues most scrappy, physical teams defensively. But theyre just 3-10 when their opponent scores 100 points or more.
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