After two somewhat convincing wins against a somewhat mediocre team in the Sacramento Kings and a somewhat bad team in the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers take on a somewhat good team in the Los Angeles Clippers in their final match-up of the season.
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers (46-18) at Los Angeles Clippers (42-22)
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: STAPLES Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Where to watch: ABC
Enemy Blog: Clips Nation
Music: To Live and Die in L.A. - Tupac
What to watch for:
- We currently live in the golden age of point guards, so any time two of the elite ones are playing against each other it's must-watch television. Although they don't have a huge rivalry, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving are constantly linked to each other. Irving was selected first overall with the Clippers pick that the Cavs received in the Mo Williams trade, while he and Paul in the trade rumors as of late. On the court, they have certainly had their battles -- entertaining ones nonetheless. Throw in Irving starting to mold into his 2014-2015 form, and this has all the makings of a highlight-reel filled game from these two.
- Speaking of match-ups, Tristan Thompson and DeAndre Jordan is an amusing one for me. One of them is part of a "Big Three" and "considered" one of the "best" interior defenders in the league, while the other one is an overpaid sixth man. Despite that, Thompson has actually outplayed (albeit, barely) Jordan in their three previous pairings, averaging 13.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game to Jordan's 12.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game. More importantly? All three of those games have been Cleveland wins.
- How much Channing Frye will we see? With Kevin Love out against the Lakers, Frye stepped in his place and didn't disappoint -- or surprise anyone -- with his play, scoring 21 points (5-of-7 from three) in his 24 minutes. Those 24 minutes were more than he played in his previous five games combined, which included two DNP's. With Timofey Mozgov still a shell of himself from last year, did the Lakers game help solidify his spot in the rotation?
- The dreaded "Sunday day game in Los Angeles." This could be very ugly. It's hurt a number of teams, including the Golden State Warriors, who took a 17-point loss at the hands of the Lakers in this very same time slot just a week ago. Who's ready for a 1-of-13 performance for J.R. Smith?
- LeBron James is one assist away from taking sole possession of 19th all-time for career assists.
Fear the Sword's fearless prediction:
The day game curse is real, but the Clippers are coming in the SEGABABA (second game of a back-to-back) and still don't have Blake Griffin back or anyone to stop LeBron. Cavs move to 3-0 on this West Coast swing, beating the Clippers 103-100.