The Cleveland Cavaliers will play host to the Denver Nuggets tonight. What do you know about the Nuggets? Have you been watching a lot of their games recently? I'll admit that I haven't watched them as much as I probably should. But that's why we have our brother blogs. I reached out to Nate Timmons of Denver Stiffs to get some insight on the Cavaliers' opponent.
When Brian Shaw first got here and said "inside out" people went overboard with thinking the team was going to drastically change. It even looked like we'd see a slowed down game as the team was running through the post a lot during the preseason. Shaw said that running is "cute" but doesn't work in the playoffs, but has also preached about wanting the proper blend of: running, half-court offense, and tough defense. We've seen a ton of pick-and-roll and a nice blend of post-play too when the team is in the half-court.
Another fun thing to watch ... when Brian Shaw makes George Karl drool by playing Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Andre Miller, Randy Foye, and Big Man X. We haven't seen that lineup a lot, but we have seen plenty of Lawson, Robinson, and Miller on the floor together or two of those three.
One of my favorite guys on the Cavs team is Tristan Thompson, he averages 10.8 points and 9.5 rebounds. How is he doing in your eyes? Any player that has surprised you thus far?
If there's a player that has surprised me in a good way, it's Andrew Bynum. When he was signed by the Cavaliers, nobody really thought he was going to be able to contribute anything significant until at least after the all star break, if at all. Now, he has played up to 30 minutes in a game and even plays on the second night of back to backs. The Miami Heat are holding Dwyane Wade out of the second night of a lot of back to backs. Think about that. It's ridiculous that Bynum is healthy and he's slowly getting his touch back. There's a lot of season to go, so we'll see if the team can fully adjust to having a traditional big man in the lineup and start looking better on offense.
What do you think is the biggest or most important matchup in this game between the Cavs and Nuggets tonight?
I worry about C.J. Miles. He had some good nights with the Jazz versus Denver. I was surprised to learn his career points per game against Denver weren't 50 and only 8.6. But the marquee matchup is Ty Lawson against Kyrie Irving, no question. Two exciting players and should be fun to watch.
I have liked Hickson since his NC State days, what are your thoughts on him? What are the chances both teams wear their yellow alternates tonight?! Yellow Fest!
It's important to remember that Kyrie is just 21 years old and is getting used to committing himself to the defensive end of the floor while scoring efficiently and being a leader. I think he'll figure it out, it's just going to take some time.
All of my logic says that the Cavs should win tonight. The Nuggets are on the second night of a back-to-back and on the road. The Cavs are at home and have been off since Saturday but literally nothing is a sure thing with this Cavs team. I'll predict a win for the Cavs, but I have zero confidence in that pick. You?
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