Cleveland Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 29

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cavs (22-6) and the Warriors (27-4) lead the East and West, respectively, as they get set to meet today at 2:30 p.m. at The Q.

What’s up with the Cavs: They’re the NBA’s best home team so far this season (.882 winning percentage) and have won four straight overall (nine out of 10). In those wins, they’ve scored at least 110 points each time and are 15-0 when they do that this season. Cleveland’s shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, behind only San Antonio (.408). The Warriors are fifth (.380). LeBron James is averaging 27.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 10 Christmas games. This is his fourth home game on Christmas — he’s 3-0. Kevin Love needs one point for 10,000 in his career. Kyrie Irving has registered a points-assists double-double in three of his last four games. This is Tristan Thompson’s 399th consecutive game.  

Cavs injuries: J.R. Smith (right thumb surgery) and Chris Andersen (torn ACL) are out.

What’s up with the Warriors: They are ranked 1st in scoring (117.5 points per game), assists (31.3), steals (9.68), blocks (6.29), and shooting (.496), and have recorded at least 30 assists 21 times (20-1 in those games). The Warriors won seven straight and enter with the NBA’s best record. At this point a year ago, Golden State was 27-1. Now the Warriors have Kevin Durant. His transition has been seamless. He’s the only player in the NBA averaging at least 25 points while taking under 17 shots. He’s also averaging 31.1 points on Christmas. Stephen Curry, meanwhile, is averaging 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in five Christmas games.

Warriors injuries: None.

Probable starters:


F LeBron James (25.3 ppg; 7.7 rpg; 8.7 apg)

F Kevin Love (21.9 ppg; 10.8 rpg; 1.7 apg)

C Tristan Thompson (7.0 ppg; 10.3 rpg; 0.8 apg)

G DeAndre Liggins (3.0 ppg; 1.9 rpg; 1.1 apg)

G Kyrie Irving (23.8 ppg; 3.4 rpg; 5.5 apg)


F Kevin Durant (25.9 ppg; 8.4 rpg; 4.6 apg)

F Draymond Green (10.4 ppg; 8.9 rpg; 7.4 apg)

C Zaza Pachulia (4.7 ppg; 5.9 rpg; 2.2 apg)

G Klay Thompson (21.3 ppg; 3.5 rpg; 2.1 apg)

G Stephen Curry (24.4 ppg; 4.2 rpg; 5.9 apg)

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