Jan. 16, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) signals a play during the fourth quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. The Cavaliers won the game 93-88. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Statistical Showdown: Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Even when the Cavaliers are as bad they are right now, each game against the Boston Celtics always seems to mean something a little extra. In the second matchup of the 2012-13 NBA season, both teams are at crossroads. The Cavaliers recently lost center Anderson Varejao for the season due to a blood clot in his lung, while the Celtics have lost three games in a row. Tonight may not mean much, but if the statistics hold true, it could be a preview of how Boston will do against a good rebounding team like Indiana – should they match up in the playoffs.

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers

95.0 (t-20th)

100.6 (24th) 19.4 (19th) 23.3 (27th) 41.5 (21st) 42.3 (16th)
Celtics

95.0 (t-20th)

96.0 (8th) 23.0 (6th) 21.4 (12th) 38.9 (29th) 42.7 (21st)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

98.9 (29th)

106.4 (28th)

Celtics

100.2 (20st)

100.5 (8th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers 46.3 (26th)

19.6% (22nd)

13.5% (9th) 29.6% (8th)
Celtics 49.5 % (12th)

20.0% (18th)

13.9 % (17th) 21.1% (28th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving

1. 40.0 percent shooting from three

2. 18.4 shots attempted per game

3.  1.7 steals per game

Celtics – Rajon Rondo

1. 11.1 assists per game

2.  25.5 percent shooting from three

3. 37.1 minutes per game

Key Matchup: Irving vs. Rondo

This matchup between the two best point guards in the Eastern Conference is a battle of contrasting styles. As Zak Kolesar and I discussed on Tuesdays with Right Down Euclid, Rondo is a pass-first guard, while Irving is more inclined to look for his shot. It’ll be fun to watch the two defend each other for the majority of 48 minutes. Also, look out for the Tristan Thompson Thompson–Kevin Garnett matchup. Without Varejao, it will be up to Thompson to match Garnett’s physicality in the paint.

 

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