Dec 26, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) reacts after making a three-pointer during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena. The Hawks beat the Cavaliers 127-125. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

What to Watch: Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. Boston Celtics


The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Boston Celtics today, Saturday, at 1PM. The Celtics currently sit in the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference “Playoff Race.” The Cavs sit only 1.5 games behind the Celtics and look to make a little ground in the snails paced “Playoff Race” in the East. What to watch for today:

Does the Offense Move the Ball?

The team has looked great in games where the offense is making quick decisive passes and decisions. Starting with Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack the Cavaliers primary ball handlers have to set the pace for the game. Yet Andrew Bynum and Tristan Thompson also have been struggling with quick decision making in the post and high post. Moving the ball quickly or making quick movements towards the basket from those positions helps draw the defenders.

How do Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters Play Together?

The rift between the two may have been over blown in the past but on the floor there have been signs of a disconnect. Last game Waiters raised his arms on 3 consecutive possessions while Irving worked 1 on 1 on the other side of the court. Waiters was open but Irving hit the shots. Do they look to work together more often?

What Defensive Effort Does the Team Give?

The team has struggled in many games to give full effort on the defensive end. The Celtics have some limitations on offense  but the team lit up the Cavs in their last go round just after Thanksgiving. Does Mike Brown’s system all of the sudden kick in? Does the teams’ stars get it and step up on that end of the floor leading to more fast breaks and ball movement?

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