Cavaliers vs. Warriors: What to watch for

November 7, 2012, 8:36 pm
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The Warriors will try to put Mondays disappointing loss tothe Kings behind them when they play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday nightat Oracle Arena.The game will feature two young and improving backcourts.The Cavaliers are led by Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, and the Warriors willcounter with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.Jarrett Jack and David Lee missed shootaround on Wednesdaymorning because of illness and are game-time decisions.Here are some things to watch for during Wednesdaysgame:Lee bounce-back: Warriors power forwardDavid Lee is off to a tough start this season, struggling to knock down shotsat the offensive end and also not distinguishing himself at the defensiveend.In the Warriors 94-92 loss to the Kings on Monday, Lee hadjust six rebounds in 41 minutes. On the season, Lee is averaging just 12.5points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 40 percent from thefloor.Lee should find himself with a favorable matchup and one heshould be able to take advantage of. Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompsonis in just his second season and has plenty of room for growth. Thompson is anathletic player, no doubt, but the experience edge goes to Lee in a bigway.CurryThompson vs. IrvingWaiters:Stephen Curry is struggling from the field through four games butnobody really expects that to continue. Thompson has been solid in Year 2,though he missed a potential game-winning jumper from 16-feet against the Kingson Monday.Irving is considered perhaps the best young point guard inthe game, capable of hurting you with scoring or playmaking. Waiters, selectedwith the No. 4 pick in the draft, already has shown an ability to score at theNBA level. The backcourt thatplays better will go a long way toward whether that teams wins or not.The plan for Bogut: Warriors coach MarkJackson made it clear on Tuesday that Andrew Bogut will play against the Cavaliers,but likely not more than 20 minutes or so.When Jackson was asked whether it was possible to bringBogut off the bench, and therefore get him more second-half minutes, he didntseem crazy about the idea. Jackson said he is concerned that after Bogut warmsup, his ankle will get tight while he waits for playing time late in the firstquarter or early in the second.Jackson did say he liked that Bogut played the last sevenminutes of the game against the Kings, and the idea is to have Bogut availablein crunch time during those games that he does play.

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