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Cavaliers at a glance

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May 6, 2008

THE STARTERS
F LeBron James

There's not much more to say about King James, who is still getting better in his fifth season. His regular-season combination of 30.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.2 assists has been matched in NBA history only by Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson.

C Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Often the forgotten man for the Cavs, he just finished his 10th season in Cleveland and did it with a career-best 9.3 rebounds per game. The team's No. 2 scorer behind James. When he's hitting the mid-range jumper, it's another option on offense.

F Ben Wallace
The centerpiece of the mega-deal in January that also brought Joe Smith, Wally Szczerbiak, and Delonte West to Cleveland, Big Ben is still working to fit in. He averaged 26.3 minutes per game in Cleveland after coming from Chicago and doesn't look like the Ben Wallace of old from his Pistons days.

G Wally Szczerbiak
Moved to the starting lineup for the playoffs, replacing Devin Brown, the former Celtic still hasn't seen a shot he doesn't like. He had 26 points in 32 minutes in Game 6 against the Wizards.

G Delonte West
Seldom used in Seattle, another former Celtic has taken to running the Cavs offense and can still hit the big outside shot (see Game 4 winner vs. Washington).

THE ROTATION
G Daniel Gibson

His 3-point shooting will be one of the keys for the Cavs. No one can get much hotter than "Boobie," who went for 19 in the fourth quarter in Game 6 against the Pistons last year as a rookie.

F/C Anderson Varejao
Slowed some because of ankle problems but still ranked third among NBA reserves with 7.7 rebounds per game. His energy is a key off the bench.

F/C Joe Smith
The former No. 1 overall pick (Warriors, 1995) has been good for about 20 minutes, 10 points, and 5 rebounds since coming to the Cavs in January's three-team deal with Chicago and Seattle.

G Devin Brown
He has a ring from his 2004-05 season with the Spurs, when he averaged 7.4 points in 67 games. Cleveland signed him as a free agent in September and he played in 78 games, most of any Cav.

THE END OF THE BENCH
G Sasha Pavlovic

A starter last season in all 20 playoff games, he has been bothered by foot and ankle injuries and his court time has dwindled.

G Damon Jones
Has 569 3-pointers in the last four seasons, 16th in the NBA. He has seen a title up-close when he worked as a ball boy with the Rockets during their 1994 and 1995 championship seasons.

F/C Dwayne Jones

His 56 appearances this season were a career high for the young journeyman, who had a cup of coffee with the Celtics in 2006.

G Billy Thomas
Former Kansas player was signed by the Cavs after the All-Star break. He was inactive for three of the first-round games against Washington.

C Lance Allred
Played in only three games after signing his first 10-day contract March 10. Inactive in the first series but did win the H-O-R-S-E title during the D-League's All-Star weekend.

G Eric Snow

A left knee injury will keep him out of the series but he has been a veteran presence on the bench.

Compiled by Reid Laymance

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