As the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-48) try and figure out how they blew a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics, they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers (28-43) into Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs were without Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters and they are likely to be out for tonight’s game as well.
Opponent’s Blog: The Sixer Sense
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Betting Line: 76ers by -2
Where you can watch: Fox Sports Ohio
Where you can listen: WTAM (1100 AM) WFUN (970 AM)
The Cavs held a 10-point lead with five minutes remaining in the game on Wednesday and lost on a defensive collapse, leaving Jeff Green open on top of the key give him space to dribble in for a game-winning layup.
A second-half collapse is nothing new to the Cavaliers. It has head coach Byron Scott scratching his head wondering why it happens almost every night.
The Sixers, however, put together an impressive comeback in their game Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers had six players score in double digits – most notably Spencer Hawes’ performance, scoring 15 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.
Jrue Holiday accompanied Irving in the All-Star Game and has been playing at an elite level with 18.4 points per game and 8.5 assists per game averages. Shaun Livingston will have his hands full slowing Holiday down on offense. But the Cavs will have a significant height advantage at the point guard position with Livingston having a four-inch height advantage over Holiday.
Ohio State grad Evan Turner makes a return to Ohio tonight for the second time this season. The Cavs and Sixers have played each other twice this season and the teams split 1-1, winning their home games. In the two games, Turner is averaging 15.5 points and 8 rebounds.
Just like the Cavs, the Sixers are victim to injuries as well. In fact, they may have the most talked about injury in the NBA this season, Andrew Bynum. The Sixers traded away their franchise player in the offseason, Andre Iguodala, to the Denver Nuggets in a four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers, and Bynum to Philadelphia.
The Cavs will rely heavily on Tristan Thompson tonight. He is only averaging five points in his last two games.