Tuesday , Mar , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – March 1

=== Cleveland Cavaliers Team Report – March 1 ===

(Sports Network) – The Cavaliers suffered their third consecutive loss on
Monday night, falling 94-92 to the San Antonio Spurs at Gund Arena. Cleveland
is in the midst of its first three-game skid since the start of the season.

Cleveland was led by Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who recorded a game-high 26 points
and pulled down eight boards. LeBron James had 20 points and Jeff McInnis
added 14 as the Cavs had a three-game win streak at home come to an end. James
also had eight rebounds and seven assists in the defeat.

Drew Gooden posted yet another solid effort with 10 points and 12 rebounds,
while Ira Newble chipped in 10 points. Gooden has tallied 27 double-doubles
this season.

In the contest, the Cavaliers shot 43.5 percent from the field, including a 3-
of-8 (.375) from three-point range. Cleveland hit 15-of-19 (.789) from the
charity stripe in the defeat. The Cavs committed 14 turnovers in the losing
effort, while being outrebounded, 44-39.

Prior to the game, the Cavs placed forward/center Scott Williams on the
injured list and activated forward/center Anderson Varejao off the IL.

Cleveland has slipped into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference
playoff chase, 9 1/2 games behind Miami. The Cavs also trail first place
Detroit by 4 1/2 contests in the Central Division. Cleveland is only one
contest ahead of Chicago in the Central.

The Cavs are 12th in the league in scoring (97.7 ppg), while allowing 95
points per contest (9th). Cleveland is ninth in the league in shooting
percentage (.454) as well.

Cleveland’s schedule doesn’t get any easier this week, as it takes on Seattle
at Gund Arena on Wednesday, Philadelphia on the road on Friday and Miami back
home on Sunday evening.

The Cavs have officially been sold to Detroit mortgage mogul Dan Gilbert and
he is being introduced today in Cleveland. Gilbert purchased the team and
arena from Gordon Gund for $375 million. Gund is staying on as a minority
owner in a group that includes Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Usher.