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.
CINCINNATI: LeBron James said he believes NBA regular seasons are too long and says the majority of players around the league agree with him. They would be in favor of reducing the season, even though it inevitably would mean less money for all involved.
CLEVELAND: Four games into the preseason, Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson each have two starts at center. Part of that might be because Thompson missed Tuesday’s preseason game with a sore shoulder, but coach David Blatt continues to downplay the significance of who will emerge as the starter for the regular season.