Now I want to try and throw a car. That right there is a pregame song.
Pace: Cavaliers 93.2 (25th) vs. Celtics 94.0 (22nd)
Offensive Efficiency: Cavaliers 108.7 (4th) vs. Celtics 104.6 (13th)
Defensive Efficiency: Cavaliers 101.2 (7th) vs. Celtics 99.1 (1st)
As you can see, rumors of the demise of the Celtics D have been greatly exaggerated. Moving the ball and getting some scoring will be critical if the Cavs want a win.
I haven’t seen enough of KG since he’s come back from his knee injury. If he’s anywhere near 100%, his mobility and length will make him a nightmare for Jamison. If he’s moving as badly as I’ve heard, Antawn could give him fits out on the perimeter.
Rondo is not the guy you want to be facing if you’re trying to get your shot back. He does tend to over-help, so Mo might find himself free for some open threes.
Perk vs. Shaq will be fun, but not pretty.
No Pierce for the Celtics tonight, which is a huge break for the Cavs. If it gets close, they just have to trap Rondo hard on the pick-and-roll, recover to Allen, and dare someone else to beat them.
Nate Robinson, when he’s on his game, is a grown-up Marcus Thornton. Watch out for him.
Storyline to watch: Leon Powe making his Cavs debut against his former team.