Time: The Suns host the Cavs tonight at 7 at US Airways Center.
Records: Suns 2-3 (third in the Pacific Division) vs. Cavs 2-3 (Third in the Central Division)
PG: Goran Dragic (14.6 points and 8.6 assists) vs. Kyrie Irving (24.6 points and 6.2 assists)
SG: Jared Dudley (6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds) vs. Dion Waiters (15.4 points and 2.6 assists)
SF: Michael Beasley (14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds) vs. Alonzo Gee (9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds)
PF: Luis Scola (15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds) vs. Tristan Thompson (7.8 points and 7.8 rebounds)
C: Marcin Gortat: (15 points and 11.8 rebounds) vs. Anderson Varejao (14.0 points and 15.0 rebounds)
Key Notes: Cavs center Anderson Varejao, who is second in the league at rebounding, is expected to return to the lineup after missing Thursday’s game with a bruised knee. Although no one from the team confirmed him playing, he was seen going through shootaround before the game.
He will be matched up with Suns center Marcin Gortat, who is ranked fourth in the NBA in rebounding. Gortat is also leading the league in rebounding by over a block a game.
Rookie Tyler Zeller didn’t make the trip to Phoenix after suffering a non-displaced fractured left cheek bone/concussion against the Clippers on Monday. It was a missed opportunity for Tyler to see his brother, Luke, who won a spot on the Suns’ roster after being invited to training camp.
Lastly, Jermaine O’Neal practiced at shootaround today and according to Gentry, could be available for tonight’s contest. He missed last game due to a death in the family.
Man to Stop: Second-year sensation Kyrie Irving is currently fourth in the NBA in scoring at 24.6 points a game, which is over a six-point a night improvement from last season. As a rookie, Irving took home Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 assists a night.
“Kyrie Irving is quickly turning into the best point guard in this league,” Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said earlier today.
Stat of the Night: The Cavs currently have the worst defensive field goal percentage in the league. They allow teams to shoot nearly 51 percent against them. On the other hand, the Suns are surrendering the second-most amount of points a game on defense after starting the season well in that department.
However, the Suns are first in the NBA in blocked shots.