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Vitals: Thunder at Cavaliers

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Originally Published: Jan 23, 2010 3:47 PM CDT

Gerald Goodridge
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

Oklahoma City Thunder (24-19) at Cleveland Cavaliers (33-11)
Satuday, January 23, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST.
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Game 44 of 82

Anticipated Starting Lineups

Oklahoma City
Russell Westbrook
15.7 PPG, 7.4 APG
Daniel Gibson
5.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG
SGThabo Sefolosha
5.8 PPG, 5.3 APG
Anthony Parker
7.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG
SFKevin Durant
29.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG
LeBron James
29.7 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 7.8 APG
PFJeff Green
14.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG
J.J. Hickson
6.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG
CNenad Krstic
8.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG
Shaquille O'Neal
10.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG

Oklahoma City: G Kevin Ollie (knee, day-to-day); G/F Kyle Weaver (shoulder, out); F DJ White (thumb, out).
Cleevland: G Delonte West (finger, out); G Mo Williams (shoulder, out); F Jamario Moon (abdominal, out); F Leon Powe (knee, out).

Where to find it?
On TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
On Radio: Thunder Radio Network

What you need to know?
Oklahoma City is coming off a heart breaking loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, but can’t dwell on it long. The last time the Thunder took on the Cavaliers, it lost by thirteen points and LeBron James dropped his second-highest scoring total of the season.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers are the class of the Eastern Conference and James is arguably the best player in the league. They’re riding a three-game win streak, including a 16-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers. However, they have had a recent run of injuries, specifically at the point guard spot.

Who to watch?
Kevin Durant has more games with 30 or more points than any other player in the league, and will have to score more than if Oklahoma City wants to top the Cavs. Russell Westbrook also needs to do his best to score, matching up with Cleveland’s third option at point guard.

LeBron James is averaging 29.7 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game and 7.8 assists per game. Needless to say, he is the best player not only on his team, but arguably in the league as well. Against the Thunder, look for future hall-of-fame center Shaquille O’Neal to dominate the post. Oklahoma City has no answer for the size in the post.
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