Warriors at Cavaliers Preview

Warriors ( 44-10) @ Cavaliers (36-22)

The Cavaliers survived a close one in Detroit on Tuesday night, and play against the best team in the NBA Thursday. Coming into Thursday’s contest, both Golden State and Cleveland are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and probably are the two best teams in the NBA right now. Both Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry have been playing at an unreal pace this season and have played crucial roles in their team’s success. Although the last time the Cavaliers played the Warriors they had basically the same roster, the difference being newly-acquired center Kendrick Perkins, look for a different style of play from the Cavaliers this time around. Additionally, superstar LeBron James will be playing this time around.

Since their previous game against Golden State, the Cavaliers have set the NBA on fire in many ways, including a newly proficient bench, once highly criticized and lacking earlier in the season. This will be the final meeting between the Warriors and Cavaliers this season.

Here are some things you need to know before watching:

Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers – Quicken Loans Arena

Game start 8:00 P.M. EST. Cavs TV-FSOhio. National TV- TNT

Projected Starting Lineups

Cavaliers:

PG: Kyrie Irving: 21.6 PPG, 5.3 APG, 3.3 RPG, 46.6 % FG

SG: J.R. Smith: 11.7 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.7 RPG, 41.2 % FG

SF: LeBron James: 25.7 PPG, 7.3 APG, 5.6 RPG, 48.8 % FG

PF: Kevin Love: 16.9 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.4 RPG, 43.2 % FG

C: Timofey Mozgov: 9.3 PPG, 0.5 APG, 7.9 RPG, 54.4 % FG

Warriors:

PG: Stephen Curry: 23.8 PPG, 7.9 APG, 4.6 RPG, 48.3 % FG

SG: Klay Thompson: 22.3 PPG, 2.9 APG, 3.4 RPG, 46.9 % FG

SF: Harrison Barnes: 10.4 PPG, 1.4 APG, 5.7 RPG, 49.8 % FG

PF: Draymond Green: 11.0 PPG, 3.6 APG, 8.1 RPG, 43.0 % FG

C: Andrew Bogut: 6.3 PPG, 2.8 APG, 8.2 RPG, 55.2 % FG

Matchup to watch for:

Right now, the point guard spot is overflowing with superstars. Thursday night should be a game for the ages with two of the best ball handlers in the NBA squaring off at the Q. Curry and Irving, whom project different personalities (egos, if you will, in the form of Chef Curry and Uncle Drew) both play similarly in terms of extreme handles, magnificent 3 point shooting, and the ability to drive and finish at the rim. Although this matchup didn’t live up to its expectations the first time around this season (it was dominated by the Splash Brothers), both guards are making strides in terms of their ability at the guard position, and are learning how to involve their teammates. Let’s see what Uncle Drew can do against Chef Curry Thursday.

Injury Report

Cavaliers:

  • Anderson Varajao: Season
  • Brendan Haywood: Day to Day
  • Shawn Marion: Out Min. 2 Weeks

Warriors:

  • NOT A SINGLE INJURY

Game Notes

  • Finale between Cavaliers and Warriors this season.
  • Warriors 8-2 in last 10.
  • Cavaliers 8-2 in last 10.
  • Warriors one of few injury-free teams in the NBA.

 

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