CINCINNATI: Jarrett Jack will start at point guard and Kyrie Irving will shift to shooting guard tonight when the Cavs face the Washington Wizards.
Coach Mike Brown's plan has been to play the two guards together in an effort to take some of the pressure off Irving and get him more looks around the perimeter.
Jack is returning after missing about nine days with inflammation in his knee, but he maintained all along it wasn’t serious and he could play if it was the regular season. With Dion Waiters (ankle) and C.J. Miles (leg) both out tonight, Brown is using this as an opportunity to play Jack and Irving extended minutes together.
“It’s good to be back,” Jack said. “It was tough sitting on the side watching my guys. Going through the process building chemistry and camaraderie, trying to be as good of a coach and best teammate as much as I can. Not being on the floor, there was nothing else I could do.”
Of all the injured players – and the list continues to grow – the only significant injuries seem to be Andrew Bynum (knees), Tyler Zeller (appendectomy) and Carrick Felix (hernia). The rest could play if it was the regular season.