GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. 76ers

Dion Waiters

Game Summary

The Wine and Gold travel to Columbus, Ohio tonight to take on the Philadelphia 76ers from the Schottenstein Center at 7:00 p.m. ET. The trip marks the Cavaliers first visit to the state capitol since October 21, 2010 when they garnered an 83-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Through five preseason games, the Cavs (3-2) have five players averaging double figures in scoring: Kyrie Irving (15.2), C.J. Miles (12.0), Dion Waiters (12.0), Tristan Thompson (11.4) and Anthony Bennett (10.6).

Philadelphia fell to the Charlotte Bobcats, 110-84, in their most recent preseason matchup and are 2-3 in exhibition play coming into tonight's game.

Former Ohio State Buckeye standout, Evan Turner, returns to Columbus averaging a team-high 19.8 points on .466 shooting this preseason.

Tickets for tonight's matchup are still available by clicking here.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

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

76ers: PG - Michael Carter-Williams, SG - James Anderson, SF - Evan Turner
PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Spencer Hawes

Injuries: (Cavs) - Tyler Zeller, (Appendectomy, Out), Andrew Bynum, (Right Knee Surgery, Out), Jarrett Jack, (Left Knee Chondromalacia, Out), Carrick Felix, (Mild Sports Hernia, Out)

(76ers) - Arnett Moultrie, (Left Ankle Sprain, Day-to-Day), Kwame Brown, (Right Hamstring, Day-to-Day), Nerlens Noel, (Left Knee Injury, Out)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

Cleveland is 88-100 all-time against Philadelphia including a 51-42 record while playing in their own arena (35-58 Road).

In the two teams' last regular season matchup, Tristan Thompson notched his second straight double-double (30th of the season) with 12 points on 5-10 (.500) shooting from the field, a game-high 12 rebounds and a season-high tying three blocks in 26 minutes.

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game


Philadelphia starts a smaller frontcourt with 6-8 Thaddeus Young playing power forward. Young along with starting center Spencer Hawes are only averaging a combined 12.1 rebounds per game this preseason.

The Wine and Gold frontcourt has dominated the glass. Starters, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao, are averaging a combined 16.0 rebounds a game.

Over the past two preseason games, the Cavs are outrebounding opponents 51.5 to 38.0. Cleveland has also grabbed a combined 34 offensive rebounds over that stretch to 12 by the opponents (17.0-6.0).

Key Matchup

Battle of the Forwards

Evan Turner is the 76ers biggest threat offensively, and fortunately for the Wine and Gold, they can throw Alonzo Gee and Earl Clark at the third-year swingman. Gee's physicality and Clark's length should create problems for Turner.

Cavalier reserve, Anthony Bennett, is coming off a double-double performance on Saturday after notching 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds (four offensive) in 26 minutes off the bench against Indiana.

Like Bennett, Philadelphia's other major weapon on offense, Thaddeus Young, can play both the 3 and 4 positions. Young is averaging 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals this preseason.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: Fox Sports Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio

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.

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On Deck

After tonight’s game against the Sixers, the Cavs will head to the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday to play Washington. Tickets for that game are still available, click here.

Then, the Wine and Gold wrap up their 2013 Preseason in Charlotte on Thursday.