For Cleveland Cavalier fans, this is going to be a long week. Tonight, they take on their Central Conference rival, the Indiana Pacers, and then will take on the streaking Miami Heat on Wednesday night. They’ll rap up the week playing the Houston Rockets, who are led by James Harden. That’s three playoffs teams in a span of five days, and they’ll be at disadvantages against all three teams. That starts tonight against the most defensively efficient team in the NBA.
|Cavaliers||97.6 (15th)||101.2 (26th)||20.6 (26th)||24.0 (28th)||40.6(25th)||41.8 (12th)|
|Pacers||94.2 (25th)||90.0 (7th)||20.5 (27th)||19.2 (2nd)||45.8 (1st)||40.8 (7th)|
|Cavaliers||101.8 (18th)||106.8 (27th)|
|Pacers||101.2 (20th)||95.9 (1st)|
Free Throw Rate
Offensive Rebound Rate
|Cavaliers||47.7% (7th)||20.8% (14th)||13.0% (5th)||28.5% (8th)|
|Pacers||47.8% (9th)||20.1 (11th)||14.3% (26th)||30.2% (5th)|
Players to Watch:
Cavaliers: Marresse Speights, forward
1. Shooting 42.4 percent from the field in his last five games (43.8 percent for the season)
2. Shooting 47.8 percent from the field for the entire month of March
3. Career 30.0 percent field goal shooter against the Pacers
Pacers: Roy Hibbert, center
1. Shooting 45.9 percent from the field in wins (38.1 percent in losses)
2. Averaging 3.8 offensive rebounds per game – a career high
3. Averaging 2.7 blocks per game – a career high
Key Matchup: Tristan Thompson versus David West
If West is active (he will be a game-time decision) his matchup versus Thompson should be a treat. West is a solid NBA player who plays consistently good basketball on a nightly basis. For most of this season, Thompson has done the same and he has become a nightly threat to post a double-double. But that is where their similarities end. Thompson is the more athletic player and is still a raw, unrefined talent. West, on the other had, is a veteran of the league with a wide repertoire of offensive moves. It’ll be interesting to see West go up against a player like Thompson. At the very least, we are going to know where his game is at this point in time.
Update: Pacers forward David West will be out tonight versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tyler Hansbrough will start in his place.