Mar 4, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives between New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) and point guard Raymond Felton (2) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Statistical Showdown


The Cleveland Cavaliers have endured two painful losses, one at home and one at Madison Square Garden, to the New York Knicks this season. With the final game of the series coming up on Friday, the Cavaliers will try to avenge their two nail-biting losses to the Knicks, who just recently had their 13-game winning streak come to a close thanks to the streak ruin-ers known as the Chicago Bulls. Anyways, what we learned from the two previous matchups and this whole season is that when the Knicks get hot from beyond the arc, they’re almost unbeatable. They shot 37.1 percent and 40 percent from three in the previous two contests. The key to this game will be being able to capitalize off of rebounding opportunities from perimeter shots:

Statistics

 

Points

Points Allowed

Assists

Assists Allowed

Rebounds

Rebounds Allowed

Cavaliers

96.8 (t-16th)

101.3 (t-25th)

20.7 (t-25th)

23.9 (28th)

41.0 (t-22nd)

42.1 (15th)

Knicks

100.2 (t-10th)

95.9 (8th)

19.2 (29th)

19.2 (2nd)

40.7 (24th)

41.5 (12th)

Advanced Statistics

 

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Cavaliers

100.9 (t-20th)

106.8 (t-26th)

Knicks

108.8 (3rd)

103.5 (16th)

Four Factors

 

eFG%

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive Rebound Rate

Cavaliers

47.4 (27th)

.202 (18th)

13.0 (5th)

28.3 (9th)

Knicks

51.5 (8th)

.200 (20th)

11.7 (1st)

25.7 (19th)

Players to Watch:

Cavaliers – Marreese Speights, power forward

1. Connected on his first 10 shots (in March 4 game vs. Knicks)

2. 18 total points in previous four games

3. Shooting 50.6 percent from the field (over last 10 games)

Knicks – J.R. Smith, shooting guard

1. Averaging 24.9 points, 6.8 rebounds (over last 10 games)

2. Shooting 28.1 percent from three (when on the road)

3. Shooting 36.4 percent from three (in wins)

Key Matchup: Carmelo Anthony vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers – Carmelo Anthony has always been a matchup nightmare for defenses, but especially as of late, the current NBA scoring leader has been on a tear and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon as playoff mode has already kicked. With Alonzo Gee picking up defensive duties for the most part, the Cavaliers small forward will need help from his teammates in the inside. When Carmelo is cold from three, it seems to affect the rest of his game. If Gee can cover Melo like a blanket from the perimeter, then that will make Tristan Thompson’s job down low a little easier, as he will also have to assist Tyler Zeller in forcing Tyson Chandler outside.

 

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