7 p.m.; Bankers Life Fieldhouse; Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM
Pacers probables: PG Darren Collison, SG Paul George, SF Danny Granger, PF David West, C Roy Hibbert
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out; Pacers -- Jeff Foster (back) out, Jeff Pendergraph (knee) out.
Officials: Bill Spooner, David Guthrie, Josh Tiven
7:30 p.m.; The Palace of Auburn Hills; Fox Sports Ohio
Pistons probables: PG Rodney Stuckey, SG Ben Gordon, SF Tayshaun Prince, PF Jonas Jerebko, C Greg Monroe
Officials: Derrick Stafford, Brent Barnacky, Michael Smith
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out; Pistons -- Charlie Villanueva (suspension) out.
Irving had six points and seven assists, but shot just 2 of 12 from the floor. He had seven assists.
Leandro Barbosa had 14 points off the bench, Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and Amir Johnson had 12 points and 12 assists for the Raptors, who shot 53 percent from the floor and 43 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 21). The Cavs were the worst team in the league at defending the 3-pointer last season.
The Raptors built a 15-point lead in the third quarter before the Cavs’ reserves cut the deficit to four early in the fourth. Ramon Sessions had 18 points and six assists and Tristan Thompson, the fourth pick in the draft, had 14 points and five rebounds for the Cavs.
7 p.m.; Quicken Loans Arena; Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM
Cavs probables: Ramon Sessions, Anthony Parker, Alonzo Gee, Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao
Pistons probables: Will Bynum, Ben Gordon, Damien Wilkins, Charlie Villanueva, Greg Monroe
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out, Omri Casspi (probable) questionable, Manny Harris (foot) out; Pistons -- None.
Officials: Tom Washington, Pat Fraher, Elie Roe
* Omri Casspi will play tonight, but coach Byron Scott hasn't determined yet how many minutes and whether or not he'll start. Casspi has been hampered by a sore knee and still wears a protective sleeve on it during games.
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills; TV: FS Ohio
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Pistons probables: PG Will Bynum, SG Ben Gordon, SF Damien Wilkins, F Charlie Villanueva, C Greg Monroe
Injuries: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out, Omri Casspi (knee) out, Daniel Gibson (tooth) out, Manny Harris (foot) out; Pistons -- None.
Officials: James Capers, Curtis Blair, Olandis Poole
* Byron Scott chose Sessions as his starting point guard tonight for two reasons: So Kyrie Irving has to earn his spot and to give him more time to adjust. Scott said when he started Chris Paul in his first preseason game, Paul had the benefit of summer league and he joined the team a month before training camp began to get acclimated. The lockout prevent Irving from all of that.
The injuries may put their roster spots in peril. Without counting any camp invites, the Cavs have 16 players under contract and must release one prior to the Dec. 24 deadline to set rosters for the regular season. Harris has yet to practice with his teammates, but was out shooting after practice Wednesday during the portion the media is allowed to watch. Scott is hopeful Harris can return to practice sometime next week, ahead of the official diagnosis.
"It's hard when you have all these other guys out here on the floor and he's not on the floor," Scott said. "I want him to be able to get out there because it would be a shame to have to let go of a guy that hasn't had his chance to fight for his job. But the bottom line is when we have to make decisions, we're going to make the decisions for the best of this team."
Harris was an undrafted rookie free agent last year and is still working on a non-guaranteed contract. Scott said Davis initially injured the back prior to camp and felt it tighten on the first day of workouts last Friday.
Both players may have made it back to the court by now if not for the lockout, which left team training facilities and medical staffs off-limits to players.
"If there wasn't a lockout, he'd probably be a whole lot better," Scott said of Davis. "But it is what it is. The lockout happened, we couldn't have our hands on our players and when you do that, a lot of times things hit you when it's over that you're not really ready for."
Scott insisted the Cavs haven't yet decided what to do with Davis, although the deadline is two days away. When asked directly if he wants Davis on the team, Scott said he wants what's best for everyone.
"I love Baron, but I also want the best for him and the best for this team and the organization," Scott said. "Whatever we do is fine with me."
Cavs coach Byron Scott said Davis is still away from the team and isn't sure when to expect him back. If he even comes back at all.
"I'm going to coach the guys who are here ready to play," Scott said. "If Baron is here, ready to go. If he's not, we move on."
Scott had initially thought he'd start installing concepts of his Princeton offense by today, but said after practice he hasn't done anything with it yet and will continue to keep it simple. Scott said it was likely the only time he would run plays out of the Princeton offense was coming out of timeouts when guys can line up properly.
Scott said the Princeton takes away some of the spontaneity and creativity of players on offense, so he's keeping the concepts simple. Besides, players were still struggling with the basics during a recent scrimmage.
"Guys were calling one play, but running a whole different play," Scott said. "I figured if it works, we might put it in. Since it wasn't, we wanted to make sure they understand exactly what they're doing."
Rookie Kyrie Irving said on Monday many of the plays the Cavs are running now are similar to what he ran at Duke. Scott said that is simply a coincidence.
"It's just something we felt would be real good with us," Scott said. "At the end of the day, if he's everything we think he can be, he'll have the ball in his hands plenty of times."
Other practice notes from Tuesday:
* Ryan Hollins took a broadcasting course at Syracuse during the lockout, then did some studio work as an analyst on UCLA men's basketball broadcasts. Hollins loved the experience and wants to get into the media full-time after his career ends.
* Hollins, now entering his sixth season in the NBA, said this is the first time in his career he's had the same head coach for consecutive seasons. Incredible.
* Samardo Samuels was a senior at St. Benedict's High School in New Jersey when rookie Tristan Thompson was a sophomore there. Now they've been reunited again as teammates in the NBA.
Samuels was the top player in high school his senior year and obviously a big star around school, but he entered the NBA as an undrafted free agent and Thompson was the No. 4 pick in the draft.
"It's weird, that's how the NBA works," Samuels said. "He's the No. 4 pick, but I still have the same talent that I did in high school, so I don't think that changes anything. We're both talented guys going after it, just like it was in high school."
* Omri Casspi missed practice with a bruised knee, but did some shooting afterwards. He's expected to miss a few more days.
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