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Monday practice notes: Irving off bench again

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 19, 2011
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving shoots during NBA basketball training camp on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Kyrie Irving will come off the bench again tomorrow night when the Cavs host the Detroit Pistons in their second and final preseason game.

Ramon Sessions will start again at point guard and will be joined in the starting lineup by Anthony Parker, Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao. Cavs coach Byron Scott is still debating between Omri Casspi and A!onzo Gee at small forward.

Ryan Hollins, Daniel Gibson and Luke Harangody are expected to play big minutes, while Samardo Samuels will likely sit out the game. Scott played Samuels extended minutes in Friday's preseason game at Detroit and now wants to get a look at Hollins. Gibson sat out with the flu and Harangody got squeezed on minutes.

In other news...

* Antawn Jamison said he keeps catching rookie Tristan Thompson on his patented underhanded flip shots during practice, and every time he does, Thompson momentarily stops playing.

"For somebody who hasn't seen it, every time I do it, he stops play like 'what just happened?" The rest of the guys are kind of used to it. The old man still has it. I'm enjoying it."

* Samardo Samuels has been impressive in both the preseason game and the team scrimmage but Scott is still expecting even more.

"He improved big time last year and I think he's still improving, but I expect big things for him. My expectations are he will be one of those players we depend on on a night to night basis."

* Scott said he sent Baron Davis a congratulatory text Sunday night when news broke Davis had signed with the New York Knicks. Davis is expected to miss at least two months with back problems, but the Knicks only want him healthy and motivated for the playoffs.

"I'm very happy for BD," Scott said. "Hopefully he gets healthy and is ready to play, because if he is, they're going to be pretty good."

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