The Cleveland Cavaliers and their physical defence will look to stop the offensive powerhouses of the Nets. Brooklyn have dominated Cleveland through the season, and their veteran experience should help them to a Play-In victory.
Brooklyn Nets def. Cleveland Cavaliers
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Head-to-Head||Brooklyn Nets|
|J. B. Bickerstaff||Head Coach||Steve Nash|
|44-38 (8th in East)||Standing||44-38 (7th in East)|
|111.9 (20th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.6 (11th of 30)|
|109.7 (7th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.8 (19th of 30)|
|96.1 (26th of 30)||Pace||99.0 (11th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Garland (21.7)||PPG||K. Durant (29.9)|
|J. Allen (10.8)||RPG||A. Drummond (10.3)|
|D. Garland (8.6)||APG||K. Durant (6.4)|
|D. Garland (1.3)||SPG||K. Irving (1.4)|
|E. Mobley (1.7)||BPG||N. Claxton (1.1)|
|E. Davis (.688)/D. Garland (8.0)||FG%/FGM||N. Claxton (.674)/K. Durant (10.5)|
|R. Rondo (.397)/ D. Garland (2.6)||3P%/3PM||S. Curry (.468)/K. Irving (3.4)|
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|Collin Sexton||Cleveland Cavaliers||19 Nov 2021||Out (Knee)||Sexton suffered a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of the season.|
|Jarrett Allen||Cleveland Cavaliers||6 Mar 2022||Out (Finger)||Allen has a fractured finger and is out indefinitely.|
|Dean Wade||Cleveland Cavaliers||28 Mar 2022||Out (Knee)||Wade underwent knee surgery and will not return this season.|
|Ben Simmons||Brooklyn Nets||26 Feb 2022||Out (Back)||There is no timetable for Simmons’ return to the court.|
|Joe Harris||Brooklyn Nets||3 Mar 2022||Out (Ankle)||After undergoing ankle surgery, Harris will miss the remainder of the season.|
|Goran Dragic||Brooklyn Nets||2 Apr 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Dragic has been placed under health and safety protocols.|
|Seth Curry||Brooklyn Nets||10 Apr 2022||Day to Day (Ankle)||Curry was out for Brooklyn’s Sunday (Apr 10) game.|
Despite a strong start to the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered injuries and inexperience, which led to them tumbling down from the 6th seed to the 7th seed. While one spot seems insignificant, the young Cavaliers now face stiff competition to earn a place in the NBA Playoffs.
After losing Jarrett Allen to injury, the Cavaliers’ defence and rebounding has suffered. To beat the Nets, the Cavaliers will need to improve on their defence – starting with the perimeter. The Brooklyn Nets are ranked 10th in the league in assists per game (25.3), while owning the 4th best field goal efficiency (47.5%).
With the threat of their shot-blockers, the Cavaliers have been able to be super-aggressive on perimeter defence. Without Allen manning the paint, they’ve struggled to maintain their defensive standards. If Cleveland can defend the rim at a decent rate, they’ll have a good shot at victory against the Nets.
This is special stuff from Darius Garland.
— NBA (@NBA) April 9, 2022
When the Cavaliers take on the Nets, all eyes will be on Darius Garland during his first post-season experience. The dynamic scoring guard has all the skills to be an NBA star, but his first taste of NBA post-season play will show how prepared he is.
After losing lead guard Collin Sexton to injury early in the season, followed by All-Star center Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland stepped up to lead the Cavaliers this season. Named an All-Star in just his third year, Garland posted averages of 21.7 points, 8.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds in 68 games played.
The Cavaliers didn’t close the season strong, but with two opportunities to make the NBA Playoffs the Cavaliers need Garland to take another step. Scoring and playmaking will be crucial, but guarding the Nets at the point of attack will show just how multi-talented Garland is.
Despite all of the drama surrounding the Brooklyn Nets this season, they managed to earn the 7th seed in the East. Despite only qualifying for the Play-In, elimination-type games are what the Nets roster was built for.
When people talk about the Brooklyn Nets, it’s all about offense. It’s a fair point, but if they want to win the game they need to battle in the paint. In victories, the Nets win the rebounding battle by a margin of 3.2, while losing the rebounding battle by 3.0 in losses.
Scoring will come for the Nets, especially with Irving and Durant leading the way. But if the Nets can’t come together, do the dirty work, and compete inside, an up-and-down affair is the last thing they need.
6. Kevin Durant calling Fournier too small pic.twitter.com/99Dc185Y4U
— Brooklyn Netcast (@BrooklynNetcast) April 11, 2022
The Brooklyn Nets may not have finished the season in their expected position, the playoff, in this case Play-In, season is where their roster is meant to shine. Kevin Durant leads a veteran team prepared to go all-in for an NBA Championship.
Through the highs and the lows of the Brooklyn Nets’ season, Kevin Durant has been the mainstay for the Nets. After a devastating injury two seasons ago, Durant has returned to his All-NBA form with averages of 29.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists in 55 games.
With the departure of Harden and the absence of Ben Simmons, Durant has taken on a playmaking role on top of his position as first scoring option. A plus-50% shooter in wins, Durant needs to make careful decisions between scoring and passing in this crucial playoff qualification game.
|Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets Information|
|Who||Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets|
|Where||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York|
|When||Tuesday, 7:00 PM EST, April 12th, 2022|
|How to Watch||TNT|
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