Nets (27-38) @ Cavaliers (43-26)

Coming off yet again another tough loss against the Miami Heat, the Cavaliers travel back to Cleveland. It’s an understatement to call the Wine and Gold’s final road game against the Miami Heat a “Trap Game”. It was the Cavs game to win, yet the Cavaliers were ran out of the gym. The players looked sluggish and were down early in the game. Cleveland was also in constant “Catch Up” mode from the second quarter and beyond.

Now, finally being able to sleep in their own beds and with a day off, the Cavaliers welcome the Brooklyn Nets to town. Brooklyn, a team that has struggled with injuries and other bumps along the way during the season, is looking to get closer to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Currently three games behind the Miami Heat for the 8th seed, every contest matters for the aging Nets. Since the last time the Nets and Cavaliers played, the Nets have traded veteran forward Kevin Garnett for younger forward Thaddeus Young.

On the Cavaliers side, many moves have been made since the last matchup with the Nets. Smith, Mozgov, and Shumpert have been added to the squad, which should prove to make the contest with the Nets on Wednesday that much more difficult for the Nets. In the first game between the two, the Wine and Gold were mostly led by now Thunder guard Dion Waiters. The second matchup with the Nets was a game in which featured a magnificent showing from now bench player Mike Miller. The Cavaliers will certainly look to their newer pieces for a contribution before looking to Miller this time around. Kevin Love may be questionable after missing a two game stretch due to rest.

Here are some things you need to know before watching:

Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers – Quicken Loans Arena

Game start 7:00 P.M. EST.  Cavs TV- FSO.  Nets TV- YES.

Projected Starting Lineups

Cavaliers:

PG: Kyrie Irving: 22.2 PPG, 5.2 APG, 3.2 RPG, 47.4 % FG

SG: J.R. Smith: 12.8 PPG, 2.6 APG, 3.7 RPG, 41.7 % FG

SF: LeBron James: 26.0 PPG, 7.4 APG, 5.8 RPG, 49.3 % FG

PF: Kevin Love: 16.8 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.1 RPG, 43.0 % FG

C: Timofey Mozgov: 10.6 PPG, 0.8 APG, 7.2 RPG, 58.9 % FG

Nets:

PG: Deron Williams: 13.1 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.1 RPG, 38.5 % FG

SG: Markel Brown: 4.0 PPG, 0.7 APG, 2.0 RPG, 36.7 % FG

SF: Joe Johnson: 14.9 PPG, 3.5 APG, 4.8 RPG, 43.4 % FG

PF: Thaddeus Young: 13.7 PPG, 1.1 APG, 5.1 RPG, 52.7 % FG

C: Brook Lopez: 15.4 PPG, 0.6 APG, 6.8 RPG, 48.5 % FG

Matchup to Watch For:

Although no where near his prime now, Deron Williams has shown determination in coming back after continuous injuries to his feet and back. Irving has constantly shown this year that this could be the torch year. Irving looks to be signaling to veteran guards that it’s his league pretty soon, if not already. Williams proficiency has dropped considerably in the past couple years due to injury, but Deron is no pushover in any case. Williams in his prime is almost a mirrored image of Irving’s now. After shooting 83% from deep the past week, look for Irving to continue that magic. Being home should also give Irving a refreshed look and play. Can you imagine seeing a refreshed Kyrie Irving? Hard to believe that he could be better by any means.

Injury Report:

Cavaliers:

  • Anderson Varejao: Season.
  • Kevin Love: Day to Day.
  • LeBron James: Day to Day.

Nets:

  • Sergey Karasev: Season.
  • Mirza Teletovic: Season.

Game Notes:

  • Cavaliers 6-4 in last 10.
  • Nets 4-6 in last 10.
  • Cavaliers on 1 game losing streak.
  • Brooklyn on 2 game winning streak.
  • Marion expected to play second straight game.
  • Love looks to come back after missing last two game due to rest.
  • Ex- Cavalier Sergey Karasev sidelined with serious knee injury.

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