Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Charlotte Bobcats
What: NBA Basketball – Cavaliers Home Game
When: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Live at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
|Cleveland||31-46||100.8 (24)||105.1 (20)||95.5 (19)|
|Charlotte||38-38||101.3 (22)||101.5 (6)||94.8 (21)|
Charlotte: Josh McRoberts (OUT), Brendan Haywood (OUT), Jeffery Taylor
|PG||Kyrie Irving||Kemba Walker|
|SG||Dion Waiters||Gerald Henderson|
|SF||Luol Deng||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist|
|PF||Tristan Thompson||Cody Zeller|
|C||Spencer Hawes||Al Jefferson|
|6th Man||Anderson Varejao||Gary Neal|
- As the Bobcats chase the Wizards for the sixth seed in the eastern conference, the Cavs attempt to keep their questionable pulse for the playoffs alive. Cleveland sits three games back of Atlanta, who they lost to last night, for the final playoff spot in the east. If last night did not send a spear through the Cavs playoff hearts, a loss tonight certainly would finish the deal.
- Cleveland is basically fully healthy for the first time all season – they finally have Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Luol Deng all healthy at the same time. It’s likely too little, too late, though.
- The Bobcats seem to be surging at just the right time. Last night was a clinic in how Charlotte is going to be successful in the post-season – dominant defensively, holding Orlando to just 35.5% shooting and winning the battle on the glass.
- Tonight will be a tougher matchup defensively due to the fact that you must account for three players who can all go get 20+ points (Irving, Waiters, Deng). Cleveland can also stretch the floor now with Spencer Hawes in their lineup. I would presume that Al Jefferson will guard Tristan Thompson tonight while Zeller inherits the duties of chasing Hawes out to the three-point line.
- Tonight certainly won’t be an easy win for the Bobcats, but they absolutely have to have it if they want to keep pace with Washington and setup what could potentially be a ‘play yourself into the sixth seed’ game next Wednesday in the nation’s capital.
- Washington hosts Chicago tonight at 7pm – I’d say that’s a toss-up game. Go Bulls.
- Look for Charlotte to keep this at more of a low possession game while the Cavs attempt to force the issue with tempo, not allowing Charlotte to setup their half-court defense.
- Hard to imagine either Hawes or Thompson being very effective at limiting Jefferson tonight and I tend to believe that matchup problem for Cleveland is what ultimately leads to another Bobcats victory.
- Prediction: 102-94 Bobcats.