Mar 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (40) in action against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Cavaliers 116-78. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks Statistical Showdown

A day after Kyrie Irving made his return to the court (and made the No. 4 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10), the Cleveland Cavaliers will be without their young star when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. Atlanta is in a unique position – they are 12 games above the .500 mark but sit 12 games behind the Miami Heat in their division. And with no realistic chance of winning in the East, they are stuck in the NBA version of purgatory. Even so, if the stats hold true, they should take down the Cavaliers.

 

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers 96.9 (17th) 101.4 (25th) 20.6 (26th) 22.1 (t-14th) 40.5 (t-25th) 42.0 (13th)
Hawks 97.8 (15th) 97.2 (13th) 24.6 (2nd) 24.1 (28th) 40.7 (23rd) 43.7 (25th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers 101.1 (20th) 107.1 (27th)
Hawks 102.6 (17th) 101.5 (10th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers 47.5% (25th) 20.2 (13th) 13.0% (6th) 28.1% (11th)
Hawks 51.9% (6th) 17.1% (3rd) 14.4% (28th) 22,2% (26th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers: Shaun Livingston, point guard

1. Career 38.5 percent shooter against Atlanta in four games

2. Averaging 11.4 points over his last 10 games (6.2 for the season)

3. Shooting 54.0 percent in wins (43.8 in losses)

76ers: Josh Smith, power forward

1. Shoots 49.8 percent in wins (41.7 percent in losses)

2. Averages 9.3 rebounds in wins (7.5 in losses)

3. Shoots 48.7 percent on two days rest – his highest percentage

Key Matchup: Tyler Zeller versus Al Horford

For the Cavaliers (and I cannot emphasize this enough), this rest of season is not about wins at all. No matter how many games they win, they are going to be out of the playoffs and be back in the lottery. The rest of the season is about analyzing the talent on the roster and tonight is very good chance to do that. Zeller will be matched up Horford, and we’re going to get a really good look at if Zeller is ready to play physical at the NBA level. Horford is a physical guy with strong rebounding skills, and that is where Zeller needs to prove himself most. Let’s see how this plays out.  Early guess? It’s going to be a long night for the rookie.

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