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Cavs-Raptors Pregame Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 29, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) at Toronto Raptors (0-1)
7 p.m., Air Canada Centre, WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions/Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Raptors probable starters: PG Jarrett Jack, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF Linas Kleiza, PF Reggie Evans, C Andrea Bargnani
Officials: Ed Malloy, Courtney Kirkland, Eli Roe
Injury report: Cavs -- Mo Williams (groin) questionable, Anderson Varejao (personal) doubtful; Raptors -- Ed Davis (right knee meniscus) out.

* The Cavs will be down one and possibly two starters tonight. Anderson Varejao stayed in Cleveland to be with his father, who is having heart surgery today. A decision on Mo Williams won't be made until after his workout this afternoon. The Cavs have a shootaround this morning, then Williams will have a more strenuous workout this afternoon. A decision will be made based on how he feels after that.

* Varejao is listed by the team as doubtful, meaning there is a remote possibility he could catch a flight today to Toronto. But coach Byron Scott told him to stay in Cleveland with his father and not worry about the game. Andy is the only family his father has in Cleveland. "I told Andy hopefully we'll see him tomorrow night for the game against Sacramento," Scott said. "He has to be there for his dad. Going through what he just went through a month ago, we thought it was very important he stay there with his father." Varejao's grandfather died around the end of September.

* Chris Bosh is in the news here again. He went on the sports talk station in Toronto this morning to try and clarify comments he made the other day that if it didn't happen on TV in the U.S. then it "didn't really happen." Bosh said this morning he was trying to explain why one player is perceived to be better than another. "At no time did I refer to that as my 'bottom line' or reason for making the decision I made," Bosh said. The Raptors have no games scheduled on TNT, ABC or ESPN this season.

* Joey Graham, Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon are all former Raptors now playing for the Cavs. Moon disagreed with Bosh's assessment and said he loved playing in Toronto. "They show all the highlights on TV the next day. It's all the same," he said. "This feels like it is the U.S. to me. It feels good up here. It’s the same type of lifestyle that it is in the United States."

* The parallels between the Raptors and Cavs this year are pretty obvious, but don't expect Scott and Raptors coach Jay Triano to cry on each other's shoulder tonight. "I don’t hear crying about Bosh not being here. They’ve moved on as well," Scott said. "This is the NBA. You’re going to have changes. You’re going to have things happen you’re not real happy about or excited about. But that’s life. It’s just how you deal with it after it happens."

* It was interesting wandering around town here yesterday and talking to people about their feelings on Bosh leaving them. Here is today's story on it in case you missed it. The Raptors have done well to carve out their own niche in this market, but the NBA will never be embraced here like the NHL. Toronto, at least according to the folks I talked to, is a blood-and-guts town that loves its hockey. One guy told me Darcy Tucker, a no-name third line defensive specialist for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs a few years ago, was more beloved here than Bosh ever was. "Basketball is kind of a (whimp) sport," 40-year-old banker Paul Geary told me before lightly slapping my forearm. "There, that's a foul. Are you kidding me?"

* I wonder if LeBron is going on WKNR or WTAM anytime soon.

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