The Cavaliers will be taking the court against the New Orleans Hornets as a friendly face returns to the Wine & Gold tonight.
While D-Day stands for the biggest amphibious attack in military history and took place during World War II on the beaches of Normandy, today marks the first day in the celebration of Z-Day: a seven foot-three inch attack that will bring Cleveland it’s first team Championship in 50 years. So Cheers, Cleveland!
And here’s how the two teams match-up:
Mo Williams vs. Chris Paul
Both Chris Paul and Mo Williams are working their way back from nagging injuries and both guys have been struggling to find their groove. Mo is further along in the recovery process and seems to be headed in the right direction after several consecutive games of efficient shooting but Chris Paul is still among one of the best point guards in the league.
Because Chris Paul isn’t surrounded with guys like Antawn Jamison and LeBron James, I believe Mo Williams is the much more dangerous point guard in this match up tonight. He’s been playing like he’s got something to prove since that miserable performance in Milwaukee a few weeks ago.
Advantage: Mo Williams
Anthony Parker vs. Mo Peterson
I am still waiting for Anthony Parker to have a breakout performance and I’ve been waiting for that to happen since game number one. But Mo Peterson’s 6.9 points and 2.7 rebounds a game are anything but impressive. Anthony Parker gets the advantage here simply because he’s the better talent in this matchup. Maybe I’ll be right in predicting his breakout performance one of these days…
Advantage: Anthony Parker
LeBron James vs. Julian Wright
I may as well leave this one off the list every time because there’s not a soul in this league that can matchup with TheBron. The King is, well, the King. And Julian Wright isn’t even a prince. Wright is averaging about 25 points and five rebounds less than LeChosen One and there is no way he can or will outplay LeBron James tonight.
Advantage: LeBron James
Antawn Jamison vs. David West
Antawn Jamison began his stint with Cleveland in a very impressive fashion but he’s almost vanished as of late. He hasn’t attempted many shots and doesn’t seem as aggressive as he was when he first arrived. David West, on the other hand, brings the heat every night for the Hornets and is posting 19.1points and 7.5 rebounds a night. This should be a good matchup because they’re both very similar in their styles of play. The advantage has to go to West though simply based on Jamison’s play as of late.
Advantage: David West
JJ Hickson vs. Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor is nearly posting a double-double average for the Hornets at 10.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. And he does that while giving up several inches to opposing centers. This matchup against JJ Hickson doesn’t pose a height issue for Okafor so I’d expect him to post at least his season averages tonight.
I’m certainly not taking anything away from the Baby Bull because he has played very well since Shaq and Z became inactive. Okafor just has the upper hand in this matchup.
Advantage: Emeka Okafor
Cleveland Bench vs. New Orleans Bench
As Zydrunas Ilgauskas returns to the Cleveland bench and Leon Powe continues to get better, the already potent Cavalier bench is getting better and better. But Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton are excellent guards coming off the bench for the Hornets. Unfortunately, that’s where their threat ends.
Advantage: Cleveland Bench