Mo Williams (groin) is a surprise starter tonight in the Cavaliers' game against the 76ers. Williams endured a physical practice Monday and woke up today feeling good. After breezing through shootaround and feeling good this morning, Byron Scott agreed to insert him into the starting lineup.
The Cavs are starting Williams, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, J.J. Hickson and Anderson Varejao. This will probably be the lineup they use opening night against Boston on Oct. 27, unless Scott gets irritated with Hickson between now and then and inserts Antawn Jamison when his knee is healthy.
"I think it's important those guys get some games under their belts before we start the season," Scott said. "As much as you like to see guys in practice going at it, it's very hard to simulate game conditions and what you'll be doing."
The return of both Williams and Varejao will allow Scott to treat the final two preseason games (tonight and Thursday against Milwaukee) as true dress rehearsals for the regular season. Scott wants to use a 10-man rotation this year. Nine of those spots are taken: The starting five, Boobie Gibson, Ramon Sessions, Ryan Hollins and Jamison (provided he doesn't start).
Scott said the 10th player could be a revolving door, but he has one player in mind. He wouldn't say who it was, but watching how the minutes are divided tonight and Thursday could tell.