Cavaliers INSIDER There were two full-fledged injury reports heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Cavs and the Hawks tonight in Atlanta.
For the Cavaliers :
* Delonte West, who was poked in the eye by Zaza Pachulia during the third quarter of Game 2, is listed as probable. He watched film but did not take part in the noncontact practice Friday.
* Tarence Kinsey, who sprained his right ankle during the fourth quarter of Game 2, is listed as questionable. He received treatment and did not practice.
* Ben Wallace (left knee) and J.J. Hickson (back) also did not practice for precautionary reasons.
For the Hawks:
* Joe Johnson, who sprained his right ankle during the third quarter of Game 2, will be a game-time decision. He did not practice Friday.
* Al Horford, who missed Game 2 with a sprained right ankle, also will be a game-time decision, as will Marvin Williams, who missed Game 2 with a sprained right wrist. Both practiced Friday.
Father's Day: Walt Szczerbiak has been visiting his son Wally for the past couple of days and taking in the playoff atmosphere. Father and son still enjoy competing against each other, but the father has to pull out a few tricks to compete in H-O-R-S-E.
"I'll try a few trick shots, and I still get him one time maybe out of 15," said Walt Szczerbiak, who played in Europe and the ABA. "I'll do some things like one-legged bank shots, because if I go meat and potatoes, he takes me behind the 3-point line and I can't reach it from there as consistently as he does.
"I tell him I'm competed out. I've had enough competing in my lifetime."
Long distance: Cavs coach Mike Brown insists that those 40-foot shots LeBron James has been nailing at the end of quarters are run off a set play. He also admits he's never seen anything like it. Well, not in person.
"My son plays NBA Live," Brown said. "On those video games, sometimes those guys pull up from deep. But that's the only time I've seen that happen."
Brown said he was surprised when James missed a longer shot at the end of the third quarter.
"When he missed the other one, I was actually a little shocked - even though it was from 63 feet," the coach said, exaggerating by 20 feet. "I still don't know how you can shoot a jump shot from that far out. That's amazing to me. And not only a jump shot but a step-back jump shot, which is even harder."
Party hearty: Official watch parties for Game 3 will be at The Boneyard restaurants in Broadview Heights and Westlake.
The last word: From former Cavs GM Wayne Embry, after watching James in Game 2 on Thursday night: "He's Oscar Robertson, Dr. J, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson rolled into one."
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