GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Knicks

Kyrie Irving
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Game Summary

The Wine and Gold host the New York Knicks tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Cleveland (24-39) will look to snap a three-game skid as they fell to the Bobcats 101-92 last night in Charlotte. Luol Deng and Dion Waiters led six double-figure scorers with 19 points apiece.

New York (23-40) grabbed a 108-81 home win over Utah on Friday, their second in a row after the team had dropped 13 of 15. Carmelo Anthony tallied 18 of his 29 points in a 39-point first quarter for the Knicks.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Jarrett Jack, SF - Luol Deng
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Spencer Hawes

Knicks: PG - Raymond Felton, SG - J.R. Smith, SF - Carmelo Anthony
PF - Amar'e Stoudemire, C - Tyson Chandler

Status Update: (Cavs) - Carrick Felix, (Left patellar Stress Fracture, Out), Anderson Varejao, (Sore Back, Out), C.J. Miles, (Left Ankle Sprain, Out)

(Knicks) - Kenyon Martin, (Sprained Left Ankle, Out), Andrea Bargnani, (Torn Ligament, Left Elbow, Out)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The two teams have split the season series with each taking double-digit home victories.

All-time, the Wine and Gold are 82-107 against New York (55-40 Home, 27-67 Road).

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Ball Movement

New York has had their struggles at times on the defensive end this season allowing opponents to shoot 46.1% from the field.

As mentioned, the Cavaliers did a tremendous job of sharing the basketball last night which led to six double-figure scorers.

If the Wine and Gold can continue to space the floor and move the basketball, they should get high percentage opportunities at the basket.

Key Matchup

Carmelo Anthony vs. Cavs Forwards

Carmelo Anthony is the one player on the Knicks who can take over a game and single-handedly beat you.

Anthony has led the Knicks with 29.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists over two games versus the Cavaliers this season.

Taking the task of trying to contain the seven-time NBA All-Star will most likely be Luol Deng and Alonzo Gee. Deng's defensive instincts and length combined with Gee's strength and athleticism should help when trying to contain Anthony tonight.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, NBATV, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio, XM & Sirius 219

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

Be sure to check for Joe Gabriele's live in-game blog providing instant analysis and game notes. Plus, get into the discussion as die-hard Cavs fans talk about the game on CavFanatic's GameDay Thread.

Programming Note

Tonight, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Cavs – Knicks game (7:30 p.m.) and the Blue Jackets – Predators game (8:00 p.m.). Click here for programming details.


On Deck

After tonight's game, the Cavs embark on a three-game Western road-trip beginning in Phoenix against the Suns on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. ET.