After some tough road losses, the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-11) return home to take on the Phoenix Suns (6-8). These two teams have faced off already once this year, which resulted in a devastating loss for the Cavs. They took a large, early lead against the Suns, and then put it into cruise control after that. However, their second half performance was one of the more pathetic things I have ever seen and allowed the Suns to walk away with a two-point win as Kyrie Irving’s shot at the buzzer rimmed out.
Point guard Goran Dragic has the led the Suns this season, averaging over 16 points and seven assists. Phoenix is also eighth in the league in scoring, 100.5 points per game. However, they do rank last in the league in defense allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field.
The Cavs will look for revenge after the embarrassing loss to Phoenix earlier this month, but they will have to play without Irving of course who is still out with a left index finger injury. Jeremy Pargo will be starting in his place and has averaged 17 points the past three games.
Tyler Zeller will see his brother, who most do not talk about, Luke Zeller, who is a center for the Suns. He has only appeared in four games this season. Who cares? Well, Tyler wasn’t able to play in the last matchup against the Suns because he was fresh off his elbow shot from DeAndre Jordan. The Cavs are hoping this could be the breakout game for Tyler and that he can be a force coming off this Cavaliers’ bench.
Cavaliers — 95.6 PPG, 42.2% FG
Suns — 100.5 PPG, 44.8% FG
Cavaliers — 100.9 PPG allowed, 40.9 RPG
Suns — 103.3 PPG allowed, 41.9 RPG