Cavaliers ready for season opener
James W. Wade III | 10/30/2013, 8:55 a.m.
Cleveland Cavaliers open their new season Wednesday October 30, against the Brooklyn Nets at the Quicken Loans Arena at 7 p.m.
Concern has been about Andrew Bynum playing, but the team feels he is nearing his return to the court.
Bynum, who underwent bilateral arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March, hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since May 21, 2012. He has resumed basketball activities. The 7-footer signed a two-year contract with Cleveland on July 19th after missing all of last season while with Philadelphia.
The team is looking for sparks to fly from their key players such as Kyrie Irving, who has just released another one of his Uncle Drew videos. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound Irving is ready to take his game to a new level he shared. “I want a lot of wins, a lot of consistency and a lot of selfless acts for myself in order to make this team great. In order to be the best, I have to win with my team. I’ve put a lot of hard work in this offseason with my teammates, and I feel we have the pieces to do something special this year,” Irving said.
The return of coach Mike Brown, could he be a great asset to Irving? Brown has made a difference in the way Irving is playing. “We are all aware of the attention to detail that he puts into the game. He knows nuances. We win games on the defensive end,” Irving said.
He plans to be the leader of the team. Last season he averaged 22.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists. His scoring average could decrease, and his assists could increase because he has better players around him.
“I feel like the statistics take care of themselves. At this point right now, I’m just figuring that out. I’m just finding my spots on offense, figuring out our offensive sets right now, picking and choosing my spots. That will come over time. In terms of scoring, I think we have enough talent as a team to score points. Right now our focus is on the defensive end and getting stops, and just getting as many points as it will take to win. The offense will take care of itself,” Irving stated.
Look for Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters to come into full effect for the season. All eyes will be on the number one pick Anthony Bennett who missed all of the summer league games,
Brown said center Bynum and rookie guard Carrick Felix are ruled out for the opener on Wednesday. Bynum has been playing 5-on-5 with full contact in practice. “He’s looked good,” Brown said. “He’s a guy who hasn’t played in over a year. He looked good for a guy who has been out for that long.” The Cavs are waiting for doctors to clear Bynum to play in games.
The Cavs travel to Indiana on Saturday. The Pacers will be playing without forward Danny Granger, who is expected to miss approximately three weeks as he rehabilitates a strained left calf injury sustained in the preseason.
Fans can guarantee a spot in the house for their favorite nights when tickets for the first half of the Cavs 2013-14 regular season (October 30th – January 28th) go on sale Saturday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting cavs.com, by calling 1-800-820-2287, at the Quicken Loans Arena Box Office or by visiting any of the 58 Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations, the official drugstore of the Cleveland Cavaliers!