New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Showdown

Mar 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks (35-21) are the third best team in the Eastern Conference but have dropped 10-straight games in Cleveland. The Knicks are a team that live and die by the three, and as of late, they have been dying. In their past eight games they are 3-5. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-39) point guard Kyrie Irving practiced Sunday for the first time in nearly a week and is expected to play on his bobble head night. Last time Irving went up against the Knicks, he scored a career-high 41 points in a December loss at Madison Square Garden.

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers

97.6  (14th)

101.1     (t-23rd)

20.5       (t-25th)

23.8       (t-23rd)

40.8       (t-24th)

41.7  (12th)

Knicks

100.1 (10th)

96.4  (10th)

19.5  (29th)

19.4     (3rd)

41.3  (21st)

41.8       (t-13th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

101.9 (17th)

107.0 (28th)

Knicks

108.1 (3rd)

103.3 (15th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers

47.6% (23rd)

.206 (17th)

13.0 (5th)

29.1 (23rd)

Knicks

50.7% (9th)

.201 (20th)

11.4 (1st)

25.9 (12th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving

1. 23.3 points per game

2. 5.6 assists per game

3. Hasn’t played in the last three games

Knicks: Carmelo Anthony

1. 28.6 points per game

2. 23% per three-point range last five games

3. Attempts 22 shots per game

Key Matchup: Dion Waiters vs. J.R. Smith

Smith isn’t a starter for the Knicks, but he is the first man off the bench and the second-leading scorer on the team. Smith and Waiters have a very similar style of play and will be matched up against each other for most of the game. Both players are very capable of creating their own shot and are not afraid of taking it strong to the hoop. Smith is known as a player who can catch fire any given night; however, he shot 3-of-14 from three-point range in yesterday’s loss against the Miami Heat. Waiters is averaging 21.6 points in Irving’s absence, as he is questionable for tonight’s game.

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Dion Waiters, Kyrie Irving

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