Cavs Nation Poll Question
Which holiday matchup are you looking forward to the most?
- at Grizzlies on Nov. 26th
To say the Grizzlies are one of the biggest surprises of the early NBA season would seem like an overstatement based upon their success over the past couple of seasons; however, as of November 20th, Memphis is tied for best record in a competitive Western Conference.
Memphis has a very balanced team. Their dynamic froncourt of Power Forward Zach Randolph and Center Marc Gasol are a great compliment to their athletic wing players led by Rudy Gay and their floor general Mike Conley Jr.
The Wine and Gold are 21-10 all-time against the Grizzlies, including an even 8-8 split in games played in Memphis.
- vs. Lakers on Dec. 11th
With the additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the offseason, the Lakers have added two perennial All-Stars to their already potent lineup. Howard and Nash, along with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace, make for a star-studded cast in Tinseltown.
Despite their fire-power, the Lakers have struggled thus far in putting all the pieces together. This led to the firing of former Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown and the hiring of Mike D'Antoni.
The last time the Lakers came to The Q on February 16, 2011, the Wine and Gold UP-ENDED THE DEFENDING WORLD CHAMPS, 104-99. All-time, the Cavaliers are 27-23 when playing at home against the Lake Show, including 10-7 at Quicken Loans Arena.
- at Knicks on Dec. 15th
Along with Memphis, New York has turned some heads so far this season, running out to the Eastern Conference's best record as of November 20th.
The Knicks bolstered their roster in the offseason, picking up veterans Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby. Head Coach Mike Woodson took over for the aforementioned Mike D'Antoni midway through last season and has New York playing at a high level at the start of his first full season at the helm.
Last season, the Cavs and Knicks split their four matchups with each team winning both their home games, the last being a 98-90 WINE AND GOLD VICTORY at The Q on April 20, 2012.
- vs. Pacers on Dec. 21st
In the past couple of seasons, the Indiana Pacers have made a gradual climb to top of the Central Division.
Under Head Coach Frank Vogel, the Pacers are formidable at both ends of the floor. Big men Roy Hibbert and David West make their presence felt in the paint while long, athletic wing players such as Danny Granger and Paul George control the perimeter.
Expect a great, Friday night crowd at The Q as the Wine and Gold look to build upon a 52-32 all-time advantage against Indiana while playing at home. Last season, the Cavs expanded on that mark, KNOCKING OFF THE PACERS 98-87 at Quicken Loans Arena.