Eventually, Kyrie Irving will be one of those “one name” superstars, if he isn’t already. While some are undeserving (“Melo” stands out, given his status as a borderline all-star at the moment), Kyrie has all of the tools to reach this status in the near future, something in between Chris Paul and Derrick Rose on the pass-first to shoot-first point guard scale. It’s a minor miracle that the Cavs are as good as they are, given the roster surrounding Kyrie. He averages nearly 19 points and 6 assists in just more than 31 minutes per game. He will likely play more minutes for the rest of the year with Ramon Sessions traded to the Lakers.
The Sixers generally struggle the most with defending point guards and opposing centers. Currently the center for the Cavs is 6’8″ Tristan Thompson, the fourth overall draft pick, who ha
2. Antawn Jamison, on both ends of the court
Antawn Jamison can still score when given the opportunity at the age of 35. Luckily for him, there are plenty of opportunities for him. Jamison is playing more minutes per game than Kyrie Irving. No, that makes no sense to me either.
On offense, Jamison tends to float outside, then when he gets a mismatch he attacks inside. He’ll take a lot of long jumpers, many of which are threes. So that creates problems for opposing defenses when he’s hitting shots. Elton Brand isn’t quite quick enough to keep up with him on the perimeter, and whether he can be effective at all defending Jamison will depend on his energy level. Thaddeus Young is a much better option for the Sixers to attack Jamison – Young likely won’t get beaten up inside and can defend Jamison on the perimeter.
On defense, Jamison is atrocious. Brand and Young (and whoever else gets the pleasure) will have ample opportunity to score on Jamison, who lacks strength, height, and motivation.
3. Getting Back in Rhythm
The Sixers struggled mightily against the Spurs. They scored only 27 second half points and routinely got burned by pick-and-roll sets. The Spurs are a very good team. We played them on the road. The Cavaliers are not. We are playing them at home. This is a chance for a good win, even if Andre Iguodala misses tonight’s game as expected. We need to get it together and scrap together as many wins against bad teams as possible.