Lob City invades Cleveland to face off with the Cavaliers for the second time this season. Last time they played in Los Angeles and the Cavaliers stunned the Clippers with an early-season win when Dion Waiters shot 7 of 11 from three-point range. But the attention prior to this game is about the injury report. Kyrie Irving still remains day-to-day and Jamal Crawford missed the Clipper’s game last night due to the birth of his daughter. Although Crawford doesn’t start, he is the leagues leading bench scorer with 16.8 points per game and is the leading candidate for the NBA’s Sixth-Man of the Year.
|Cavaliers||97.8 (14th)||101.0 (23rd)||20.5 (25th)||23.8 (28th)||40.9 (25th)||41.8 (t-12th)|
|Opponent||100.5 (9th)||93.9 (4th)||23.4 (t-4th)||21.7 (12th)||41.8 (17th)||39.7 (t-2nd)|
Free Throw Rate
Offensive Rebound Rate
|Cavaliers||47.6% (22nd)||.206 (18th)||12.9 (4th)||29.2 (24th)|
|Opponent||52.0 % (5th)||.208 (14th)||14.1 (22nd)||28.8 (20th)|
Players to Watch:
Cavaliers: Dion Waiters
1. Averaging 20.4 points in his past five games
2. Shooting 54.8 percent in his last 10 games
3. Three straight games scoring 23 points or more.
Opponent: Jamal Crawford
1. 16.8 points per game
2. 43.5 field-goal percentage
3. 85.4 free-throw percentage
Key Matchup: Blake Griffin vs. Tristan Thompson
Ideally the attention would be at Irving and Chris Paul, but with Irving’s status uncertain for tonight’s game, I will be watching Blake Griffin vs. Tristan Thompson. Everyone knows about Griffin’s highflying ability, but this season he has also added a jump shot. Thompson will have to be sharp on the defensive end if he wants to contain Griffin. And he will have to be aware that at anytime during the game he is capable of getting “Mozgov’d” by Griffin.