Feb 6, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luke Walton (4) and point guard Shaun Livingston (14) celebrate in the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Showdown

The unknown virus continues to make its way through the Cavaliers’ organization and has hit All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving – he is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game.  In his place will be Shaun Livingston.  Although the point guard role won’t be limited to only Livingston, Dion Waiters is expected to be in charge of the offense a good part of the night.  Daniel Gibson will also be relied on for additional minutes.  Injuries have hit the Memphis Grizzlies as well and their starting power forward Zach Randolph will be a game time decision after missing Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers

97.7  (14th)

101.1 (23rd) 20.6  (25th) 23.8       (t-26th) 40.8   (24th) 41.7  (14th)
Opponent 93.5  (26th) 89.4    (1st) 21.2   (23rd) 20.2   (4th) 42.9   (11th)

38.5    (1st)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

102.0 (17th)

106.9 (27th)

Opponent

100.9 (19th)

97.1 (2nd)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers

47.6% (22nd)

.208 (16th) 13.0 (27th) 29.1 (8th)
Opponent 47.0% (26th) .197 (9th) 13.8 (21st)

31.9 (1st)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers: Shaun Livingston

1. 5.9 points per game

2. 13.3 PPG in his three starts this season

3. 3.7 assists to turnover ratio

Opponent: Marc Gasol

1. 14.1 points per game

2. 7.9 rebounds per game

3. 5.9 assists per game

Key Matchup: Dion Waiters vs. Tony Allen

With Irving out another game, Waiters will be the go-to man on offense.  With Allen likely being the man to guard Waiters tonight, nothing will come easy for him.  Allen is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, and plays on the best defense in the NBA.  With Irving being out the last part of February, Waiters averaged over 20 points per game.

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