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"You can’t judge a team by their record," Jefferson said. "They are going to come in here ready to play. When I was on those type of teams, other teams used to think they’d get an easy win. That’s when we’d come in and sneak one.
"Maybe we’d lose 10 after that, but we’d get that one. So you have to be ready to play every game. We have to treat them just like we treated the defending champs. We have to go out with that type of mindset and confidence."
Cavaliers at Jazz
O At EnergySolutions Arena
Tipoff » 7 p.m.
TV » ROOT
Radio » 1280 AM, 1600 AM, 97.5 FM
Records » Jazz 21-19; Cavs 10-31
Season history » First game
Last meeting » Jazz, 109-100 (March 5, 2012)
About the Jazz » They have won four of their last five. ... They are 9-5 against the Eastern Conference. ... Going back to Nov. 14, 2009, they have won five straight over Cleveland. ... In the last 10 games, G/F Gordon Hayward averages 15.9 points on 19-of-34 3-point shooting. ... This is their fifth home game since Dec. 16.
About the Cavs » They are 3-5 in their last eight games. ... They come off a 93-88 win at Portland. ... G Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, averages 23.3 points and 5.6 assists. ... Rookie G Dion Waiters, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, averages 14.5 points. ... C Anderson Varejao won’t play (knee).
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