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Pre-game Tidbits (at Cleveland)

Not exactly pre-game anymore, thanks to internet problems. Nonetheless …

* Brandan Wright is starting for the second-consecutive game. Nellie, to match-up with the opponent’s size, has opted to start an extra big man instead of Kelenna Azubuike. The Cavs have a frontline of LeBron, Wallace and Ilgauskas.

* LeBron James responded to Charles Barkley’s comments rather bluntly. Barkley said the all the talk about James going to New York in 2010 was disrespectful. James’ response: “He’s stupid. That’s all I’ve got to say.” I kept waiting for a smile. It never came.

* Guard Anthony Morrow said he made the expectations too high with his breakout performances in his first opportunity. That’s why his 6-for-22 shooting over the last three games (not counting Wednesday’s affair in Boston, which Morrow watched in its entirety from the bench), seems like such a fallf rom grace.
“I did kind of set the bar too high,” he said before the game. “But sometimes you’ve got to kick the door down, let ’em know you’re there. Nobody’s going to shoot 60 percent every game. I don’t care who they are.”
It doesn’t help Morrow that he isn’t getting shots while he’s out there. When he was rolling, the Warriors were working him into the offense. Lately, he’s been out there hoping to get a shot, which only increase the pressure of every shot. It’s a tough task for a rookie to play 3-5 minutes, get one or two shots – knowing that if they don’t go down you may be done for the night.
As I’ve said before, if he’s in the game, they need to be getting him shots. No point in him being in the game so everyone else can jack up 20 footers.

Marcus Thompson