Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Team Shaq guard Kyrie Irving (2) of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Team Chuck forward Anthony Davis (23) of the New Orleans Hornets during the second half of the rising stars challenge during the 2013 NBA All-Star weekend at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Showdown


The last two No. 1 overall picks in the NBA draft will face off for the first time tonight at Quicken Loans arena. Kyrie Irving has spent his All-Star weekend bumping elbows with the league’s elite. Irving has made it clear how exhausted he was heading into the All-Star weekend. Participating in two games and a three-point contest, he probably didn’t have much time to rest.

The Cavs have shown signs of being a great team, but they haven’t been able play like that every game. With 29 games remaining, Dan Gilbert, Chris Grant and Byron Scott will look for this team to show more consistency and play close to .500 ball.

Statistics

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers

97.0 (t-14th)

101.3 (24th)

20.4 (25th)

23.8 (27th)

41.1 (22nd)

42.3 (t-15th)

Hornets

94.0  (t-23)

97.1 (13th)

21.3 (21st)

23.6 (t-25th)

41.3 (20th)

40.3  (t-4th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

100.6 (t-19th)

106.8 (28th)

Hornets

102.2 (t-14)

105.7 (27th)

Four Factors

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers

47.2% (23rd)

19.9% (20th)

13.2 (8th)

28.8% (10th)

Opponent

49.5% (12th)

18.4% (24th)

14.2 (25th)

27.3 (14th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving

1. 23.5 points per game

2. 5.5 assists per game

3. 47% field-goal percentage

Opponent: Anthony Davis

1. 12.5 points per game

2. 7.5 rebounds per game

3. 51% field-goal percentage

Key Matchup: Alonzo Gee/Dion Waiters vs. Greivis Vasquez

Vasquez has been a pleasant surprise this season for the Hornets organization, averaging 13.8 points, 9.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds. Since Irving is struggling on defense, chances are he will not be guarding Vasquez for most of the game, so Gee and Waiters will be depended on to limit Vasquez’s playmaking ability.

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