Preview: Hornets at Cavaliers, February 23rd

February 23rd, 2010 by John Krolik

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Relevant Statistics:

Pace: Hornets 94.8 (17th) vs. Cavs 93.2 (25th)

Offensive Efficiency: Hornets 104.5 (13th) vs. Cavs 108.6 (4th)

Defensive Efficiency: Hornets 105.1 (18th) vs. Cavs 101.2 (7th)

Notes:

-The key matchup tonight is Mo Williams vs. Darren Collison. The UCLA rookie has been enjoying an insane month, averaging 20.7 points and 8.8 assists in February. He’s scored 24 or more points in five of his last six games. Meanwhile, Mo looked sluggish and out-of-whack on both ends against the Magic. If Mo’s back, things should be good.

-Hickson may be out tonight, and Jamison is getting the start. It was probably the right move to put him in the starting lineup even if Hickson was good to go. Also, tonight might be Leon Powe’s first appearance. (Update: Hickson has been medically cleared, according to Bob Finnian.)

-David West playing pick-and-pop should be a good test for how Jamison’s going to do in Mike Brown’s help-and-recover system. He also has to keep West off the line. West has shot 28 free throws in the Hornets’ last two games, both wins.

-Don’t leave Peja.

-The Hornets don’t defend the paint or the three-point line very well at all. We’ll see if the Cavs can get back to their offensive gameplan against this team.

Alright, that’s all for now. Let’s see if the Cavs can end this losing streak tonight.