Joey Graham will start for the Cavaliers tonight at small forward against the Indiana Pacers in place of Jamario Moon, coach Byron Scott confirmed this morning after the team's shootaround at Conseco Fieldhouse.
"I think Joey brings a different presence on the defensive end because he’s a little more physical and a little more aggressive," Scott said. "On the offensive end, he’s a guy we can go to a little bit in the post. Going against (Danny) Granger tonight, I thnk Joey will be physical and aggressive with him, but also someone we can say, 'OK Granger, you have to guard him, too."
Granger scored 34 points last week in a Pacers win over the Cavs at Quicken Loans Arena.
Graham is averaging 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds, but really has only played consistently in the Cavs' last three games. Scott said this morning he thought all along that the small forward position could be an experiment.
"Not a demotion for J-Moon," Scott said. "I just thought from an energy standpoint and a physical standpoint that Joey would probably be better for us at that spot."