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enemy lines
Daniel G. Habib
October 29, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cavaliers
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October 29, 2001

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cavaliers

"This is one of the few teams in the Eastern Conference that didn't get better....

If Zydrunas Ilgauskas had stayed healthy last season, the Cavaliers would have been a playoff team and Randy Wittman wouldn't have been fired. With good feet llgauskas would be one of the top five centers, easy. Unless he has some kind of miraculous recovery, it's going to be a long year in Cleveland....

When Ilgauskas went down, Lamond Murray tried to take over. You can tell Murray is a bad teammate—he just wants you to get him the ball so he can score....

The Cavs have unloaded a lot of their one-dimensional or problem guys—Shawn Kemp, Tractor Traylor, Cedric Henderson, Jimmy Jackson, Chris Gatling—but they haven't gotten the talent in return to make them better. At least they added some toughness in Jumaine Jones, Bryant Stith, and Michael Doleac, who can hold his ground inside....

Andre Miller is a tough kid, but even he seems weighed down by the losing. He's very good at getting to the basket, but he has limited range and he could be a better passer when he drives....

I had my doubts about whether Chris Mihm could cut it at the four or the five. But he's gotten better. It looks like they're going to try to run and get the ball to him before the defense can set up....

The guys like playing for John Lucas. He brings excitement and fun to the franchise, but that's just a short-term fix if they don't win....

I think Tyrone Hill's back was hurting last year, but he played because the 76ers were a good team. Is he going to want to play through the pain for a bad team?"

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