New Jersey Nets (2-5) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3)
Offensive Efficiency: New Jersey 97.3 (26th) vs. Cleveland 103.0 (14th)
Defensive Efficiency: New Jersey 106.2 (22nd) vs. Cleveland 106.0 (21st)
Pace: New Jersey 92.8 (28th) vs. Cleveland 95.4 (18th)
Well, more of the same would be nice, right? After beating New Jersey on the road on Tuesday, the Cavs are looking to improve to 5-3. Here’s some of what I’ll be looking for:
- Brook Lopez can’t be happy about his 6-18 showing on Tuesday. I predict that Avery Johnson will look to get him going early — if he makes his first two or three and gets some confidence against Varejao, this could be a very different game than the one the two teams just played. If he can’t get settled and Varejao stays in his head, it’ll be good news for Cleveland.
- Mo Williams will also be looking to bounce back — hopefully the home crowd can help him forget about his abysmal shooting last night.
- I’m really, really, really hoping that Ramon Sessions builds on that epic fourth quarter — everything just works so much better when a real point guard is running the show.
- That said, I’d like to see Varejao, Hickson, and Jamison keep working that Princeton offense and getting comfortable from the high post/the perimeter in half-court sets.
- If Outlaw has another huge night tonight, it will be time to take a look at how this team defends swingmen. However, I think there’s a good chance Tuesday night’s performance was a fluke.
Alright, let’s see if this team can improve to 5-3. I’ll be in the Daily Dime, so come say hi.