Casey not giving out Raptors starters yet
A wee new twist this season: We’ll try to get some kind of post-shootaround stuff up, if they have a shootaround in this oddest of seasons, of course.
Well, Dwane Casey knows who’s going to start to the Raptors but we don’t yet.
Casey didn’t want to give up his starting five – the biggest question would be at centre with point guard perhaps a consideration – because this is a truly odd situation.
With only two exhibition games, no team is fully ready to start the season and any advantage they can get, they’ll take.
It’s not going to be a major secret after the first few games but early … nobody knows,” said Casey. “It’s kind of unusual, nobody really gave their whole offensive package in the two exhibition games. Everybody’s kind of in the dark.”
The choice at centre, of course, is Jamaal Magloire, Aaron Gray or Amir Johnson, unless Casey goes against all form and starts Ed Davis alongside Andrea Bargnani. The Cavs are expected to go with Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao in the front court, which would lead to some speculation that the quicker Johnson may get the call for Toronto.
And one Cavs mystery has been cleared up.
Cleveland coach Byron Scott told everyone Monday morning that rookie Kyrie Irving, the first overall pick in last June’s draft, has beaten out veteran Ramon Sessions as the Cavs’ starting point guard.
“He’s a guy who has a great command of the basketball in his hands, he thinks attack first,” Casey said of Irving. “I think he’s had seven three-pointers or something like that – I can’t remember the number – but he’s capable. Once he starts to knock those down, he’s going to be a terrific, terrific player. But, again, he’s an attack-mode type point guard.”
In other news, Casey said that both Leandro Barbosa, who's been bothered by a back back, and Anthony Carter, who missed both pre-season games with a sore shoulder, are available for tonight's opener.
That’s about it from delightful Cleveland; we’ll be back right around seven for the game.