Dec 26, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards center Nene (42) backs down to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) defends during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Wizards 87 - 84. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards Statistical Showdown

Without Kyrie Irving tonight, this is obviously going to be a much different game. With John Wall running the point, Washington should be able to control the tempo of this game and they arguably have the best player on the floor with Wall. It’ll be interesting to see whom Byron Scott uses to defend Wall. Will it be Shaun Livingston? Or how about Dion Waiters? Anyway, let’s take a look at the stats for tonight’s game.




Points Allowed


Assists Allowed


Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers 97.6 (16th) 101.1 (24th) 20.6 (26th) 23.9 (28th) 40.7 (24th) 41.7 (12th)
Wizards 91.7 (30th) 95.1 (6th) 21.8 (20th) 21.4 (10th) 43.4 (7th) 44.5 (27th)

Advanced Statistics


Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers 101.8 (18th) 106.8 (27th)
Wizards 96.0 (30th) 99.6 (6th)

Four Factors



Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers 47.6% (25th) 20.8% (15th) 13.0% (6th) 28.8% (7th)
Wizards 47.9% (27th) 18.2% (26th) 14.7% (29th) 24.3% (25th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers: Shaun Livingston point guard

1. Plays 19.8 minutes per night

2. Shooting 45.5 percent from the field

3. Averaging 5.1 points per game

Wizards: John Wall, point guard

1. Shoots 43.9 percent in wins

2. Only averaging 14.1 points per game (1.9 below career average)

3. Shooting 11.1 percent from three

Key Matchup: Tyler Zeller versus Nene

As usual, Zeller is going to be matched up against a player who stylistically presents a challenge for him. The Brazilian big man is physical, active and rebounds well. It will be up to Zeller to be physical and rough up Nene. He needs to battle and help the Cavaliers control the paint if they want any chance to win this game. In general, the frontcourt is where this game will be won and lost for Cleveland. They need to win down low in order to win this game without Irving, That effort starts with Zeller. Without him, there is going to be a large gap in the middle that Washington will easily be able to exploit.



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