4:30 pm PT, 7:30 pm ET
TV: FSOhio, NBALP
The Good: Cleveland is like two different teams home and away. After losing on the road to the Bucks, Cleveland returns home to face the Sixers. If Cleveland learns from the rotation/substitution errors of the last game and comes out hungry, things will be fine.
The Bad: AI will be a nightmare for McInnis and if Silas has returned to his older chaotic substitution patterns, the Cavaliers’ defense will be all the worse for Iverson to dominate.
The Ugly: Whenever Korver is on the floor with Iverson, the Cavs will be in a bind. If Iverson is on fire, your tendency will be to help as he slashes in the lane. But with Korver on the wing, he’ll get open shots and unless he’s having an off night, he won’t miss from out there. If both players bring their “A-game” on offense, there may not be much Cleveland can do about it.
It goes without saying, if Webber is having a good shooting day, he’ll be able to score in bunches over Drew. If Webber struggles from the field and possibly gets frustrated, the Cavs should sit Traylor and play AV/Gooden to try to win the glass battle and make Webber move on defense. In this scenario, the quicker PF's would allow Cleveland to play at a quicker pace and with higher energy.
James’ stroke from the outside has looked good the last few games. But LeBron needs another Cavalier to go off on the Sixers. There is a good chance the zone will return (after being shockingly absent as of late) and James alone may not be able to solve it.