Jan 14, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) dribbles the ball around Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-118. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Statistical Showdown: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Portland Trail Blazers


The Cavaliers continue on their West Coast trip with a stop in Portland to take on the Trail Blazers. Both teams come into the game losers of their past three. Portland’s last win was last Thursday’s over the Miami Heat. Nick Batum made key buckets down the stretch to put away the Heat. The Cavs will have their hands full with this young Blazers teams, who beats them in just about every statistical category.

Statistics

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers 95.0 (22nd) 100.7 (25th) 19.4 (29th) 23.2 (26TH) 41.6 (20th) 42.0 (14th)
Blazers 97.1 (13th) 99.2 (21st) 20.7 (23rd) 23.0 (24TH) 41.8 (16th) 42.7 (19th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers 98.8 (27th) 106.9 (28th)
Blazers 101.9 (14th) 104.3 (23rd)

Four Factors

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers 46.5% (25th) 19.1% (22nd) 15.0 (3rd) 29.9% (6th)
Blazers 48.5% (17th) 19.9% (21st) 13.7 (16th) 27.3% (15th)

Players to Watch: 

Cavaliers

1. Kyrie Irving

2. Dion Waiters

3. Tyler Zeller

Opponent

1. Damian Lillard

2. LaMarcus Aldridge

3. Nick Batum

Key Matchup: Kyrie Irving vs. Damian Lillard

This will be a mtachup of the 2011 Rookie of the Year vs. the frontrunner for the ROY this year. They are both two explosive point guards who can score and distribute. The winner of this game will be the point guard who can defend the other the best. These two have the potential to be the NBA’s best point guards. 

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