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Shoot 'em up (cont.)

Posted: Monday November 19, 2007 12:54PM; Updated: Monday November 19, 2007 6:29PM
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11 9 Like Denver, they just can't seem to keep their big men healthy either. Kwame Brown (knee) has joined Ronny Turiaf (ankle) on the sidelines, meaning Andrew Bynum, Chris Mihm and Brian Cook will have to step up. On the positive side, Jordan Farmar continues to provide a spark off the bench.
12 15 Cleveland fans had to love Friday's win over the Jazz, in which LeBron James (40 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks) stripped Carlos Boozer in the final seconds to seal the victory. But the loss of Larry Hughes (bone bruise left leg) for a month looks like another serious blow.
13 10 With Rasho Nesterovic out two weeks with a sprained ankle, their thin frontcourt could leave them vulnerable as they head out for roadies at Dallas, Memphis and Cleveland. They might need to rely on their league-leading 3-point shooting touch (.500) more than ever.
14 17 Gilbert Arenas says his new nickname -- "Nacho" -- refers to his ability to serve up chips and dip. We're not sure what that means, but Eddie Jordan will take it. Thanks in part to Nacho's spicy play of late (and less swelling in his knee), they had won four straight to get back on track after that 0-5 start.
15 12 Nagging injuries to Cuttino Mobley (hip) and Corey Maggette have prevented them from fielding their full squad of late and contributed to four losses in five games. At least Chris Kaman (18.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.4 blocks) has continued his bounce-back campaign.
16 13 Lawrence Frank tried shaking them up by starting Sean Williams and Jamaal Magloire, but it didn't prevent Saturday's loss to the Heat -- their fifth straight setback. With a four-game Western road trip up next, they need Vince Carter (ankle) to make a speedy recovery.
17 20 With his shaved head and more muscular upper body, Andrew Bogut definitely looks like he's ready to mix it up this season. Now he's just got to keep bringing it like he did this past week, when he racked up back-to-back 20-point, 10-rebound efforts in wins over the Grizzlies and Hawks, respectively.
18 18 Like Stephon Marbury, veteran point guard Anthony Johnson stayed home from Friday's loss to the Sonics after a disagreement with coach Mike Woodson. Maybe Johnson just wanted the Hawks to know they don't have to trade for that old Georgia Tech point guard if they crave that kind of funny business.
19 21 While none of their first five victories had come against a team currently over .500, they have to be pleased with their start. Emeka Okafor has been holding down the middle, and Jason Richardson seems to be fitting in. If Primoz Brezec could ever it going, they would be dangerous.
20 25 They already own impressive wins over the Hornets, Mavs and Pistons, but like most young teams they still have to learn how to finish the job on the road (0-6 heading into Monday's contest at Charlotte). Meanwhile, Jarrett Jack (11.5 points) ranks third in the NBA in scoring off the bench.

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