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Nov 5, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Walters (3) reacts after making a 3-point basket in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) watches at the Staples Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Clippers 108-101. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Statistical Showdown: Los Angelas Clippers (42-18) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-38)

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.

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

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)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

102.0 (16th)

106.9 (28th)

Opponent

106.4 (7th)

99.6 (6th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover 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.

Tags: Blake Griffin Chris Paul Cleveland Cavaliers Dion Waiters Los Angeles Clippers

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