In Case You Missed It:
Good News File: Anderson Varejao is now the NBA leader in overall +/-, which is a funky stat in NBA.com’s completely unadjusted form but is a good thing. Also in this article is Mike Brown’s reasoning for starting the clearly inferior JJ Hickson.
Bad News File: According to Windhorst, Delonte West had one of his bad days yesterday, and actually pulled himself from the game in the fourth quarter. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with him playing at home today.
Pace: Bobcats 91.7 (27th) vs. Cavs 91.6 (28th)
Offensive Efficiency: Charlotte 100.0 (26th) vs. Cavs 108.9 (7th)
Defensive Efficiency: Charlotte 99.7 (2nd) vs. Cavs 102.0 (4th)
Obviously, the key to beating this Charlotte squad is cracking their defense. According to Hoopdata, Charlotte has an extremely balanced defense, and is very good at defending every area, with no real weaknesses. Cleveland will have to move the ball.
Defensively, the more shots the low-efficiency pair of Stephen Jackson and Raymond Felton end up taking, the better. What the Cavs don’t want is Wallace or Mohammad getting lots of ugly buckets in the paint area.
Who’s excited for Varejao and Crash battling for boards and loose balls? Also, Crash will eat JJ alive if he can’t secure the ball around the basket.
Alright, I’m doing the Daily Dime Live Chat, so keep me company. Other than that, open thread. Recap tonight.