CLEVELAND - Different uniforms and players tonight. What fun. I’ve been seeing too much Celtics green lately. And I saw too much of downtown Pittsburgh after dark while looking for Interstate 579 Tuesday night after leaving the Petersen Event Center.
Tonight the Cavs take on Mike Brown’s former team, the San Antonio Spurs. Missed among the rancor of interviews this week was Brown saying that rookie Darnell Jackson was the best screener he’d seen since coaching. Now consider who plays on the Spurs. ‘Nuff said.
Game: Cavaliers (0-3) vs. San Antonio Spurs (1-2)
Broadcast: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Starters: Cavs: Mo Williams (G); Daniel Gibson (G); LeBron James (F); Ben Wallace (F); Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C). Spurs: Tony Parker (G); Roger Mason (G); Michael Finley (F); Tim Duncan (F), Kurt Thomas (C).
Officials: Dick Bavetta, Ed Malloy, Sean Wright.
Streaking: Cavs have lost three consecutive in the preseason.
What to watch: Daniel ‘’Boobie’’ Gibson gets the start at the two guard spot tonight. Mike Brown said to not read too much into it primarily because he’s just tinkering for now.
In the coach’s office: ‘’I’m just shuffling it around and messing with it,’’ Brown said when asked about starting Gibson in the two spot.
No one has captured his attention at the two guard: ‘’My gut tells me if I get a unit I’m comfortable with starting, I will probably stick that way.”
Mike Brown said Sasha Pavlovic won’t play and Delonte West may see some action.
From the locker room:
Coach Mike Brown has made little secret of the fact that he plans to use LeBron James at the power forward spot whenever possible to take advantage of his athleticism. Against the Celtics he went up against a bruising Kendrick Perkins. James said he can take it, but doesn’t expect to do it against the league’s more physical teams.
“Going against Boston, they’re a physical team, especially Kendrick, he’s definitely one of those guys you don’t want to bang with a whole first quarter or fourth quarter,’’ He said.
Post game analysis:
Post game analysis:
To say that overall this didn’t look good is an understatement, but let’s be realistic: no starter saw more than 22 minutes of action in the entire game and the Cavs first team matched up well against the Spurs and even had a slim, one-point lead going into the second period. Overall they shot just 34 percent from the floor.
Those 12 days off took their toll on West who looked rusty on 2-of-12 shooting. He played 28 minutes and looked drained toward the end of the game.
Overall, it is what it is. Practice.