GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Bobcats

Kyrie Irving

Game Summary

Preseason play continues Tuesday night in Canton, OH as the Wine and Gold battle the Charlotte Bobcats at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Cleveland is coming off a 110-105 road victory over Orlando on Friday. The Cavs overcame an 18-point deficit and scored 28 points off of 25 Magic turnovers. Meanwhile, the Wine and Gold had just 12 turnovers and outscored Orlando 61-43 in the second half.

In the win at Orlando, Anthony Bennett scored 14 of his 16 points in less than four minutes late in the fourth quarter (from the 5:40-1:52 mark), while shooting a perfect 6-6 from the field, including 2-2 from beyond the arc, during that stretch. The 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick is averaging 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game this preseason.

Charlotte enters Tuesday's matchup with a record of 1-2 after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 83-76 on Saturday. Jannero Pargo finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the Cats to their first preseason victory.

Through three preseason games, Pargo is leading Charlotte in scoring with 11.0 points in just 13.0 minutes per game. The Bobcats leading scorer from last season, Kemba Walker, comes into Tuesday's game averaging 10.3 points in 25.0 minutes.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Dion Waiters, SF - Alonzo Gee
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Anderson Varejao

Bobcats: PG - Kemba Walker, SG - Gerald Henderson, SF - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF - Cody Zeller, C - Bismack Biyombo

Injuries: (Cavs) - Tyler Zeller, (Left Hip Flexor Strain/Appendectomy, Out), Andrew Bynum, (Right Knee Surgery, Out), Jarrett Jack, (Left Knee Chondromalacia, Out), Carrick Felix, (Mild Sports Hernia, Out), Sergey Karasev, (Excused to Obtain Work Visa, Out)

(Bobcats) - Al Jefferson, (Right Ankle Sprain, Out), Brendan Haywood, (Stress Fracture, Left Foot, Out)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

During the 2012-13 regular season, the Cavs went 2-1 against Charlotte, outscoring the Bobcats 108.7 to 101.3 and shooting .520 from the field in the three-game series. They also averaged 26.7 assists and only 10.3 turnovers against Charlotte.

Overall, the Cavaliers are 22-9 against the Bobcats including a 14-1 mark in games played at The Q.

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Controlling the Tempo

Charlotte has struggled to put up points in the preseason thus far averaging just 81.0 points per game on .366 shooting from the field. At the other end of the floor, their defense has been solid, allowing a mere 83.0 points per game.

The low scoring, grind-it-out pace seems to be the direction and team philosophy under first year head coach, Steve Clifford.

Although Mike Brown's concepts can matchup with a slower-paced game, the Wine and Gold - who are averaging 104.5 points per game this preseason - should look to increase the tempo at both ends of the floor.

Key Matchup

Backcourt Battle

As the primary ball-handlers, the backcourt often controls the pace and tempo of the game. This preseason, the Cavaliers backcourt has played at a high level at both ends of the floor.

Through two preseason games, Dion Waiters leads the Wine and Gold in scoring at 16.5 points on an efficient .500 shooting from the floor. Starting backcourt mate, Kyrie Irving, is tied with Tristan Thompson for second in points per game at 15.5.

Although Jarrett Jack and Carrick Felix will not play on Tuesday, they have provided great leadership and stability for the second unit backcourt. Matthew Dellavedova, Jermaine Taylor and Elliot Williams will shoulder the load off the bench for the Wine and Gold against Charlotte. Dellavedova has proven to be able to run Mike Brown's offense while Taylor and Williams are always threats to score the basketball.

Charlotte's backcourt provides their own fire power with starters Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson and reserve Ben Gordon.

Walker led the Bobcats in scoring (17.7), assists (5.7) and steals (2.0), while also averaging 3.5 rebounds in 34.9 minutes last season. Along with Kyrie, Kemba was one of five players in the NBA who led their team in scoring, assists and steals. Henderson provides athleticism on the wing and Gordon supplies a spark off the bench.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: SportsTime Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio

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On Deck

The Cavs will play five straight games in Ohio, starting with Tuesday’s game against the Bobcats in Canton. Cleveland returns to The Q for a pair of contests (Detroit on Oct. 17 and Indiana on Oct. 19) and then head to the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH to face Philadelphia (Oct. 21) and Washington at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH (Oct. 23).