NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 17th
(All times Eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (24-57) at Charlotte Bobcats (20-61), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Bobcats are headed to
the NBA Draft Lottery, but before they get their, both teams will finish the
regular season Wednesday night in Charlotte.
The Cavaliers have endured a tough season on the injury front. All-Star guard
Kyrie Irving missed several games with various maladies and Anderson Varejao,
who led the NBA in rebounding when he shut it down for the season after right
knee surgery, developed a blood clot on his right lung.
But the Cavs have plenty of young pieces, first and foremost, Irving. He is
scoring 22.4 ppg and has emerged as perhaps the best young point guard.
Tristan Thompson improved through the season and Dion Waiters enjoyed a fairly
successful rookie campaign, averaging 14.6 ppg.
Hope was the message for the fans from head coach Byron Scott after Monday's
home finale, a 96-95 setback to the Miami Heat.
"Just be patient. The guys are on the right track," Scott said. "A tough
season for all of us and all that happened, but we feel we are still on the
right track. Kyrie is still developing to be one of the best point guards.
Tristan is definitely developing into a young power forward in this league.
Dion, I think we all saw this year, that he can be pretty dynamic at times and
he still has a long way to go and some growth. Tyler is going to get better.
We missed Andy obviously the whole season long. I think on those things right
there, there is definitely potential and hope right there."
The Cavs have lost five straight and had a chance at the end against the Heat,
but Norris Cole stripped Irving on the final play. Irving, Waiters and
Thompson each scored 16 in the loss.
The Bobcats won their second consecutive game Monday night with a 106-95 home
victory over the New York Knicks, who rested most of their key pieces with the
The victory was the 20th on the season for a Bobcats franchise that won seven
games in last season's truncated schedule. Charlotte tied the Orlando Magic
for the worst record in the league. The Magic visit the Miami Heat on
Wednesday in the race for the most ping-pong balls in the lottery.
"Through this entire journey, nobody talks about our injuries. We have five
guys out," head coach Mike Dunlap said. "Without a doubt, we're getting
Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 27 points, while Kemba Walker added 23
points and 13 assists. Jeff Taylor chipped in 12 off the bench against the
Knicks and Josh McRoberts and Bismack Biyombo both scored 10.
The Cavs have won six straight against the Bobcats, including the last two in
Charlotte. The Bobcats have won two of their last three at home.
04/17 10:24:26 ET