The Cavaliers (2-5) will get to see the new $1 billion, 18,200-seat Barclays Arena Tuesday night as they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets. Brooklyn comes into the game with a 3-2 record and winning their last two, a home-at-home series with the Orlando Magic.
Cleveland comes in on a three-game losing streak after dropping Monday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dion Waiters found himself sitting on the bench more than he would have liked as the hot shooting Daniel Gibson got the nod from head coach Byron Scott. It was reported that Waiters was suffering from a leg injury, but we don’t know if that’s what caused Waiters’ minutes to get cut.
As the Brooklyn defense ranks fourth best in the NBA, the Cavaliers’ defense ranks 28th, giving up 103.4 points per game. As a team, the Cavaliers shot their best game of the season from the free-throw line, connecting nearly 70 percent of the time. Now 70 percent is nothing to be excited about, but it is an improvement from the 60 percent they were shooting before.
Kyrie Irving will be matched up again with one of the NBA’s elite point guards when he takes the floor with Deron Williams. Williams is averaging 16 points and 7.2 assists. Irving has not backed down at all and has shined when matched up against All-Star point guards.
The Nets’ leading score is seven-foot center, Brook Lopez. Coach Scott will give Lopez different looks and match him up with different defenders.
Points Per Game: 97.4 (15th)
Opponent Points Per Game: 103.4 (28th)
Field Goal Percentage: 43.9 percent (14th)
Turnovers Per Game: 17.9 (T-27th)
Points Per Game: 93 (21st)
Opponents Points Per Game: 90.4 (T-4th)
Field Goal Percentage: 43.7 percent (17th)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.4 (T-14)