The Cleveland Cavaliers four game home stand will come to an end tonight, as they take on the Washington Wizards. Tipoff is set 8 p.m. Eastern on TNT.
This is a crucial game yet again for the Cavs as they are now tied with the red hot Philadelphia 76ers for third seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavs are 3-0 on this four game home stand and have won four straight.
The Cavs will be playing in Philadelphia tomorrow night in a crucial game that will decide who most likely will get the third seed in the East.
Good news for Cleveland: Head coach Ty Lue will be back coaching tonight. Acting head coach Larry Drew did very well in Lue’s absence.
The Cavs are 2-1 against the Wizards this season.
Here are some notes from the Cavs.com game notes.
- The Cavaliers hold a 9-1 record in their last 10 overall games (since March 17) and have won 7 in a row at The Q.
- During their 7-game home win streak, the Cavs are averaging 115.0 points (.493 FG%, .412 3FG%, .806 FT%) and 23.6 assists. They have also won by an average of 11.3 points (115.0-103.7) and outrebounded their opponents by 7.6 boards (45.6-38.0) during that span. Cleveland has allowed just 7.7 fast break points, holding five of their last seven opponents at The Q to 8 transition points or less.
- Against the Wizards, Cleveland is 9-4 in the last 13 matchups, which includes a 2-1 mark this season. In the three contests versus Washington in 2017-18, the Cavs have averaged 113.0 points on .510 shooting from the field.
- Tonight, LeBron James (428 30-pt games) can tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (429 30-pt games) for the 5th-most 30- point games in NBA history. James (1,861 STL, 30,925 PTS) is also 1 steal away from passing Isiah Thomas (1,861 STL) for sole possession of 16th place on the NBA’s all-time steals list and 75 points shy of 31,000 for his career. Larry Nance Jr. (97 BLK) is 3 blocks away from the 100-mark and Kyle Korver (10,947 PTS) needs 53 points to reach 11,000 for his career.
- LeBron James is averaging a triple-double in his 3 games against the Wizards this season with 36.3 points (.587 FG%), 10.3 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 block in 40.3 minutes. On the season, James has posted career highs in double-doubles (49), triple-doubles (17), rebounds per game (8.7) and assists per game (9.1), while adding 27.4 points (3rd in NBA), a .542 mark from the field, 1.44 steals and 0.90 blocks in 37.1 minutes. In Tuesday’s win over Toronto, James (27 PTS, 10 REB, 6 AST) posted his 942nd career game with at least 20 points, passing Kobe Bryant (941) for the 3rd-most 20-point outings in NBA history. He now only trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,122) and Karl Malone (1,134).
Here are the probable starters and also injuries via Cavs.com game preview and also via Twitter.
Washington Wizards (42-36)
(G) John Wall, (G) Bradley Beal, (F) Otto Porter Jr., (F) Markieff Morris, (C) Marcin Gortat.
Injuries — None.
(G) Cedi Osman, (G) Rodney Hood, (F) LeBron James, (F) Jeff Green, (C) Kevin Love.
Tyronn Lue says Cedi Osman will start tonight with Hill and Calderon out (meaning LeBron James will have plenty of ball handling duties vs WAS). He also said he plans to go with a starting front court of LeBron, Kevin Love and Jeff Green when the playoffs open up.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 5, 2018
Injuries — Jose Calderon (OUT) and George Hill (OUT).
The Cavs have not played a single game this season with a roster that is fully healthy.