Mar 18, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) is guarded by Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) during the fourth quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. The Miami Heat won 105-103. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Showdown

Oy. The Cavaliers, coming off a poor defensive showing against the Pacers, now get the 2nd-most offensively efficient team in the league, and oh yeah, that team just happens to be riding a 23-game winning streak and features the best player in the league having his best statistical season. Also, the Cavs look to be without Dion Waiters tonight, who the team stated has loose cartilage in his left knee. At least this is at home.





Points Allowed


Assists Allowed


Rebounds Allowed


97.5 (16th)

101.3 (26th)

20.6 (27th)

24.0 (26th)

40.7 (25th)

42.0 (13th)


103.5 (5th)

95.9 (8th)

22.8 (15th)

20.5 (5th)

38.5 (30th)

40.1 (3rd)

Advanced Statistics


Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency


105.3 (17th)

109.4 (27th)


112.6 (2nd)

104.3 (10th)

Four Factors



Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate


47.6% (25th)

20.7% (14th)

12.9% (5th)

28.5% (8th)


54.8 (1st)

22.3 (7th)

13.3% (8th)

22.4 (26th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers-Tristan Thompson, forward

1. Shooting 50% in last 5 games (47% on the season)

2. Shooting 52% for the month of March

3. Grabs team-leading 17% of team rebounds


Heat-LeBron James, forward

1. Coming off a 37 point, 7 rebound, 12 assist effort Monday @ Boston

2. League Leader in field goals made (663) and PER (30.9)

3. Shooting a career-high 55.5% from the field and 38.9% from three


Key Matchup: Alonzo Gee vs. LeBron James


Gee’s a decent defensive player, probably one of the best that the Cavaliers have, but this is going to be a rough matchup for him. If the Cavs want any chance at ending this 23-game winning streak, it’s going to have to start with Gee. If he can force some bad shots from LeBron and get him to have a somewhat off night, it puts more pressure on Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and that’s going to play to the Cavs’ favor. However, coming off that 37/7/12 performance, which came against two pretty good defensive players in Jeff Green and Paul Pierce, stopping LeBron is going to be a mountainous task.


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