Mar 10, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) talks to a fan during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Cleveland 100-96. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs Statistical Showdown

On the second night of a back-to-back, the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel from Dallas to San Antonio to take on the Spurs. With neither team at full strength, this game will not feature a matchup between Kyrie Irving and Tony Parker. In all likelihood, the Cavaliers are going to struggle against this Spurs team in all areas of the floor, and especially in the paint. All in all, depending on what the Cavaliers energy level is, tonight’s game could be hard to watch.

 

Statistics

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers 97.4 (16th) 100.9 (24th) 20.6 (26th) 23.8 (28th) 40.8 (25th) 41.8 (12th)
Spurs 104.2 (4th) 96.2 (9th) 25.2 (1st) 21.2 (t-6th) 41.0 (23rd) 42.5 (18th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers 101.7 (18th) 106.6 (26th)
Spurs 107.1 (6th) 98.5 (3rd)

Four Factors

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers 47.6% (24th) 20.8% (14th) 13.0% (5th) 28.6% (8th)
Spurs 53.8% (2nd) 20.7% (15th) 13.9% (16th) 20.3% (29th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers: Dion Waiters, guard

1. Averaging 19.5 points per game over the last 10 games

2. Shooting 48.7 percent from the field over the last 10 games

3. Only gets to the line 3.7 times per game

Spurs: Tim Duncan, power forward

1. Shoots 51.9 percent in wins (43.9 percent in losses)

2. Pulls 1.9 offensive rebounds per game

3. Shooting 80.3 percent from the free throw line – a career high

Key Matchup: Duncan versus Tristan Thompson

A big night by the Cavaliers young power forward would go a long way in making this game more competitive than it likely will be. Thompson, although much rawer than the future Hall of Famer, is going to be more active and energetic on both ends of the floor. In the best possible scenario, Thompson is going to make Duncan work on both ends of the floor and get him out of his rhythm. On the offensive glass, Thompson grabs 3.8 offensive rebounds per game, as compared to Duncan’s 1.9. If he can exploit that, get second-chance buckets and run the floor well alongside Waiters and company, Thompson could have a big night down low.

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