The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without AndersonVarejao and Daniel Gibson, as they continue to recover from injury. The Cavs welcome in the Sacramento Kings to Quicken Loans Arena, where tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
It has been four days since the Cavs last played a game. If you recall, the Cavs went to Brooklyn and played a tough game, losing in the final seconds.Kyrie Irving had a shot at redemption after his poor shooting night, but his shot was halfway down before bouncing out, giving the Cavs another road loss.
In that loss, C.J. Miles had his best performance of the year, scoring 33 points. He was hot from beyond the arc, shooting 8-for-10.
The well-rested Cavs will be looking for their eighth win of the season tonight.
The Kings have made headlines in the media over the past week with the open frustrations from their star big man, DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins’ frustrations with the team, and city, are obvious and he is trying to get out of the organization as quickly as possible.But the Kings GM reassures everyone that Cousins is not on the trading block and he will not be going anywhere. You can believe that if you want, but I think they are willing to trade him if they get an offer they just absolutely couldn’t refuse.
Rookie Dion Waiters comes into the game third among rookies in scoring with 14.2 points per game, only behind Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis. Fellow rookie Tyler Zeller hasn’t had as much success as these three, but continues to make the most of his opportunity in the starting lineup. Last five games he is averaging 10.6 points and 7.6 rebounds.
A matchup the Cavs must take advantage of is the point guard matchup between Kyrie Irving and Isiah Thomas. In 2011, Irving was the top overall selection for the Cavs and Thomas was the last overall pick.Thomas has proven he was a steal for the Kings with that last pick. Irving must take advantage of the size differential. Thomas only stands at 5-9.
Other than the point guard position, the Kings have the size advantage at every other position. Zeller and Tristan Thompson will have their hands full trying to contain the 6-11, 270-pound Cousins and the 6-11, 250-pound Jason Thompson.