Pavlovic available for Game 2

Updated: May 6, 2009, 3:39 PM ET
Associated Press

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cleveland Cavaliers guard Sasha Pavlovic broke his nose in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's Game 1 win over Atlanta on Tuesday night.

Pavlovic was elbowed by Atlanta Hawks forward Zaza Pachulia in the fourth quarter of the Cavs' 99-72 win. He left practice early on Wednesday and was fitted with a mask at the Cleveland Clinic. Cavs coach Mike Brown expects Pavlovic to be available for Game 2 on Thursday night.

Pavlovic, whose playing time diminished toward the end of the regular season, had seven points and three rebounds in 12 minutes of the opener. The 25-year-old married his longtime girlfriend last week while the Cavs, who swept Detroit in the first round, were waiting for Atlanta to finish its series with Miami.


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