Feb 24, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen (left) and Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole (center) battles a rebound with Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Marreese Speights (right) during the second half at the American Airlines Arena. MIami won 109-105. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Showdown


We’ve hit the home stretch. The Cleveland Cavaliers only have two games left, and tonight they will play their first at home against the Miami Heat. In the last meeting between these two teams at the end of March, the Cavs blew a 27-point lead to lose to the Heat, 98-95. So, as long as that doesn’t happen again, this game should be entertaining.

 

 

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers

96.5 (19th)

101.2 (25th)

20.6 (26th)

23.9 (28th)

41.1 (22nd)

42.1 (15th)

Heat

102.9 (5th)

95.0 (6th)

22.9 (7th)

20.2 (5th)

38.6 (30th)

40.1 (5th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

104.2 (20th)

109.3 (27th)

Heat

112.3 (2nd)

103.7 (9th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers

47.2% (26th)

20.1% (19th)

13.1% (6th)

28.3% (9th)

Heat

55.1% (1st)

22.5% (6th)

13.7% (13th)

22.2% (26th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers-Tristan Thompson, forward

1. Finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals in last meeting with Miami

2. Averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds per game in April

3. Has put up consecutive double-doubles against New York and Philadelphia

 

Heat-Mario Chalmers, guard

1. Posted 17 points in last meeting with Cleveland

2. Averaging season-high five assists per game in April

3. Heat are six points/100 possessions worse offensively without him on the floor

 

Key Matchup: Kyrie Irving vs. Mario Chalmers

 

The Heat are going to be resting a ton of players tonight, so we have to go with the matchup that we know will happen, as Chalmers and Irving will most likely both play tonight. Chalmers is solid when the Heat’s stars don’t play, as he gets to shift into the primary distributing role, usually with good results. He isn’t really a great defensive player though, and Irving should be able to attack him. Kyrie looked abysmal against Philadelphia last night, putting up just four points in 19 minutes of action, but prior to that he was coming off three straight games with at least 27 points and six assists. If he can get going, the Cavs will have their main offensive threat, and keep Chalmers from taking over, the Cavs should be in the driver’s seat.

 

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