MEMPHIS, Tenn.: General managers from across the NBA selected the Cavs as preseason favorites to win the Eastern Conference by an overwhelming margin, although the San Antonio Spurs were picked to repeat as NBA champions.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.: Shawn Marion earned the “Matrix” nickname his rookie season because of how many roles he can fill on the court. Now that he’s nearing the end of his career, Marion chose to take on yet another role this season: reserve.
It’s only fitting that the preseason game the Cavaliers will take most seriously is the one against the Chicago Bulls, the team that has feuded with LeBron James in the past and the team in the East most likely to stand between the Cavs and the NBA Finals.
INDEPENDENCE: Dion Waiters is used to being on the outside. That’s where he stands at the start of most possessions, that’s where most of his shots came from in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Dallas Mavericks and that’s where he stands in regard to this team’s trio of stars.
CLEVELAND: Just as one member of the Cavaliers’ Holy Trinity returns to the court, another always seems to exit. As Kyrie Irving returned from a sprained ankle in Friday’s 108-102 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Love sat for what the Cavs called routine maintenance.