|2013/2014 NBA Season|
|January 28, 2014, 6:00 PM CDT|
|Brian Roberts||Kyrie Irving|
|Eric Gordon||C.J. Miles|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||Luol Deng|
|Anthony Davis||Tristan Thompson|
|Alexis Ajinca||Anderson Varejao|
|Advanced Stats (2013/14)|
|92.6 (23)||Pace||93.1 (20)|
|107.8 (10)||ORtg||101.5 (24)|
|109.8 (30)||DRtg||106.8 (19)|
The Pelicans play the Cavaliers for their second and final time tonight. Back on November 22, the Pelicans scratched out the win to even their record at 6-6. Remember, that was the game where Jrue Holiday told the team, "this is where we grow up."
For the month of January, the Cavaliers are 6-7 but most of those wins have been against the leagues worst: Jazz, 76ers, Bucks, Magic and Lakers. They currently sit 2 games back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
This time around, the Pelicans will face Luol Deng minus Andrew Bynum. The advanced statistics are a huge fan of the move as Deng has brought much needed solidarity to the SF position. However, much of these gains could be mitigated if Varejao misses the game. Reportedly, Varejao is a questionable after an MRI confirmed a left knee contusion.
Keys to the game:
- Contain Irving. He and their team is an entirely different animal if he's able to get into the paint at will and either score/get to the FT line or set up a lot of easy looks for teammates. Hopefully Monty doesn't hesitate to bring in Austin Rivers quickly into the game if Roberts is taken to the woodshed early.
- Eat the Cavaliers bench. In their last 10 games, their reserves have been one of the least effective units while ours has been #1.
- Eric Gordon, just a little consistency. Tonight, he'll face Miles and Dion Waiters, one of the weaker duos at shooting guard in the league. As you may have read in Rohan's Bird Feed today, Gordon is looking to do a little more -- let's see him start tonight.