The Cleveland Cavaliers will square off against the LA Clippers on Saturday at 8:30 ET p.m. on ABC/WatchESPN for the second and final meeting of this season. The Clips won the first meeting, 113-94, on December 1, which snapped a four-game losing streak to Cleveland. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, The Clippers have not swept a season series from Cleveland in 15 years, since going 2-0 against the Cavs in 2001-02.
James struggles vs. Clips
LeBron James has struggled against LA over his career. In 26 meetings, James has averaged 23.9 PPG which is the lowest average he has vs. any team. The four-time MVP has shot 45.1 percent from the field in his career against the Clippers (worst vs. any team).
Battle of the point guards
This matchup pits perhaps the best two point guards in the NBA head-to-head. The two have different styles as Chris Paul is more of the distributer with Kyrie Irving more of the scorer. In the first matchup this season Irving led the Cavaliers with 28 points, Paul posted 16 points and 9 assists.
Banana boat buddies
This matchup also puts two very good friends head-to-head. LeBron James and Chris Paul have made no secret of their strong friendship off the court. On the court, James has gotten the better of Paul by winning 12 of their 20 head-to-head matchups.
Clippers' recent struggles
LA has lost three straight games, tied for its second-longest losing streak of the season. The Clippers have gone just 5-8 over their last 13 games and 11-15 over the last 26, which has tightened up he West standings in spots 5-7. LA now leads the Thunder by just a half game for the No. 5 seed spot and the Grizzlies by one game. Doc Rivers' bunch is under .500 against teams that currently have winning records this season. LA is 14-16 vs. teams currently .500 or better, 26-13 against teams under .500.