Tonight at the Q it is the Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. New Orleans Pelicans at 7PM, The Cavs are coming off a huge blown lead to the Phoenix Suns while the Pelicans last game was Sunday, a win against Orlando. The Cavaliers and Pelicans have similar records, Cavs sitting at 16-28 and the Pelicans at 18-25, with both teams and fan basis disappointed. Both teams had higher expectations after big off-season additions but have struggled due to injuries, poor play and lack of coming together of the new pieces. Here are three things to watch tonight:
Who Dominates: Anthony Davis or Kyrie Irving
Irving and Davis were #1 draft picks in back to back years. Both carry the weight of their franchises future on their shoulders, but which one will dominate tonight? Irving has a better chance to truly dominate offensively as he has the ball in his hand most possessions, where Davis has to find his points in the flow of the game. Davis on the other hand can often control a game with his defensive prowess and understanding. In their first meeting Irving scored 22 but only had 2 assists while Davis had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocked shots as the Pelicans came back from a 12 point deficit to defeat the Cavs 104-100.
Seems like a regular talking point, and problem for the Cavaliers. In their last game, against the Suns, the Cavs were sharp in their ball and player movement in the first half. The second half was the exact opposite. It is possible that the players saw that the lead slipping away and tried to force things, but the lack of success should of pointed them back to the way they earned the lead in the first place. Will guys like Irving, Dion Waiters, and Jarrett Jack set the tone for the team, or will they try to win their match up and take the team’s offensive on their shoulders? One seems like a more winning way for this team.
X Factor: Lesser Player Who Comes Up Big
The Cavaliers have made heroes of many bit players this year. Their defense has allowed Taj Gibson to score 26, Devin Harris to score 13, Kris Middleton to score 13 and Markieff Morris to score 33 in the last 4 games. Will the Cavaliers allow a Pelican the same chance? Maybe its Brian Roberts tonight. Or maybe one of the Cavaliers lesser players comes up big. Maybe CJ Miles becomes 3J again tonight. Maybe Tyler Zeller contributes at a high level. While the headline will be Irving and Davis, the winner may come down to the X Factor.
What are you looking for in tonight’s game? How do you think the Cavs will fair? What do you think might decide the game? Start the conversation below.