Cavaliers-Raptors pregame dribbles

BY foxsports • December 9, 2014

Tipoff: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Records: Cavaliers 12-7; Raptors 16-5.

TV: FOX Sports Ohio (Cavaliers Live pre-game at 6:30). Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WMMS 100.7-FM; Cavaliers Radio Network.

Projected Starters

Raptors: C Jonas Valanciunas; PF Amir Johnson SF Terrence Ross; SG Greivis Vasquez.

Cavaliers: C Anderson Varejao; PF Kevin Love; SF LeBron James; SG Shawn Marion; PG Kyrie Irving.

Injury Report

Raptors: SG DeMar DeRozan (groin) out.

Cavaliers: G/F Mike Miller (concussion) out.

Dribbles

1. If I didn't know any better, I'd think the Cavs and Raptors are the only two teams in the Eastern Conference. They seem to play every other day. But after Tuesday, they don't meet again until March 4.

2. It's just a quirk in the schedule, but it's interesting how things have worked out. You could make a strong argument they are the top two teams in East. (With no disrespect to the Wizards or Hawks, winners of seven straight.)

3. The Raptors rebounded nicely following Friday's loss to the Cavs -- beating the Nuggets in overtime Monday night. Jonas Valanciunas recorded a double-double and Lou Williams came off the bench to score 26 points. Williams lit up the Cavs during the Raptors last appearance in Cleveland, but scored just seven Friday. Credit Dion Waiters, who stayed connected to Williams all night.

4. The Cavs have won seven straight and are 10-3 against the East. That includes an impressive 5-1 on the road in conference games.

5. Kevin Love has recorded five straight double-doubles. He leads the team with 11.

6. Over the last two games, the Cavs' bench is averaging 46 points. It scored 59 in Monday's win over the Nets -- led by Waiters' 26 points. Also, reserve big man Tristan Thompson recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds.

7. Thompson is averaging 17.5 points on 70 percent shooting (14-of-20) and 13 rebounds over the last two games. With that type of production, the Cavs are going places. They might anyway.

8. Did anyone else notice that Monday was the Cavs' first-ever win at the Barclays Center? I sure didn't. But it was.


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