Charlotte Bobcats vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Showdown

Feb 2, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) sinks a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

In the last matchup between these two teams, Kyrie Irving hit a game winner with one second left on the clock to give the Charlotte Bobcats a loss on their home court. Irving played his best in the fourth quarter – like he usually does – scoring 16 points. The Bobcats are led by their guards – who consist of Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Ramon Sessions, and Ben Gordon – who account for 62 percent of the team’s scoring. Only a hand full of times do the Cavs outrank their opponents in stats, and tonight is one of those nights. Shutting down their backcourt will be the main priority heading into the game; along with getting the ball down low to Tristan Thompson and Marreese Speights so they can score in the paint.

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers 96.0 (16th) 101.2 (26th) 19.9 (28th) 23.6       (t-26th) 41.4 (20th) 42.5 (20th)
Opponent 94.5 (23rd) 103.0 (28th) 18.6 (30th) 25.2 (30th) 40.8 (24th) 44.4 (27th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers 99.7 (t-26th) 106.9 (t-27)
Opponent 98.6 (29th) 108.3 (30th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers 46.7% (27th) .200 (20th) 14.8 (27th) 29.1 (23rd)
Opponent 46.0% (30th) .240 (2nd) 13.4 (9th) 26.5 (14th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers – Tristan Thompson

1. 11.1 points per game

2. 9.3 rebounds per game

3. 50% field goal percentage

Opponent – Ben Gordon

1. 13.3 points per game

2. 44.1% field goal percentage

3. 42% 3-point percentage

Key Matchup: Kyrie Irving vs. Kemba Walker

Both of these point guards are in their second year. In the last meeting, Irving got the better of Walker when he scored 33 points to go along with his six assists. Walker has taken a big step from last season to this season and has been performing at a high level averaging nearly 18 points and six assists. If you can recall from his college days at UConn, Walker has the ability to take any defender off the dribble and take over a game. 

 

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson

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