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One cagey veteran being flanked by four young guns. With the Clevland Cavaliers playing host to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night, both teams tipping off their 2012-13 season, Wine and Gold head coach Byron Scott has opted to start Anderson Varejao at the center spot with Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee and Tristan Thompson filling out the guard and forward slots.
There had been some thinking that free agent addition CJ Miles would be in the starting lineup, either at the expense of Waiters — who has not started since high school — or Gee, but Scott stated on Monday that the team will opt to use his scoring prowess off of the bench, similar to the role filled by Gee a season ago.
The rest of the bench will include forwards Omri Casspi, Luke Harangody, Luke Walton, John Leuer and Samardo Samuels; guards Jeremy Pargo, Daniel Gibson and Donald Sloan; and center Tyler Zeller.
There have been rumblings of a long-term plan that allows the 30-year-old Varejao to retain his old role of reserve post presence, allowing the rookie Zeller to start in the post, but on opening night, the one affectionately known as Wild Thing will back, fully healthy, helping his young teammates continue to grow.
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It was less than a year ago when Kyrie Irving made his forgettable Cavalier debut. Tonight, we saw what a difference experience and confidence made for Kyrie as the Cavaliers survived a Wizards 4th quarter run to come away with a big opening night win.
Dion Waiters had a stellar debut, making Cavs fans forget about most of their preseason worries. Waiters finished with 17 points...
With the season starting tonight, the WFNY gang answered some questions about the upcoming 82 games. We also asked Jack @WayneEmbrysKids to participate with us. Because he’s one of the cool kids on the twitters.
1. What will be the Cavaliers’ Win-loss record? How much does it mean in the scheme of things?
SCOTT: I’ve gone on record with my forecast of 27-55, which should slot...
The season tips off tomorrow, and WFNY wants to send a lucky reader there.
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CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers say their season opener against Washington will be played as scheduled.
Team spokesman Tad Carper said the NBA team has been in contact Tuesday with city officials. The team is closely monitoring weather conditions and has contingency plans in place in case things change. Like so many other cities, Cleveland was slammed by rain and high winds...
Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, Anderson Varejao had a career-high 23 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the season with a 94-84 victory over the short-handed Washington Wizards on Tuesday night in the first game on the NBA schedule.
Rookie Dion Waiters added 17 points for the Cavs, who led by 16 in the third quarter but needed big plays from Irving and Varejao in the final...
One franchise point guard hopes to begin his quest to lead a team out of the NBA doldrums Tuesday night, while another will have to wait a couple more weeks.
John Wall won't be able to go for the Washington Wizards in this season opener in Cleveland, but the Cavaliers are hoping to have Kyrie Irving available less than a week after the reigning rookie of the year had four wisdom...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert now wishes he wouldn't have guaranteed his team would win an NBA title before LeBron James.
When James left Cleveland for Miami as a free agent in July 2010, Gilbert famously promised in a letter to disappointed Cleveland fans that his Cavs would win a championship before James got one with the Heat.
Well, that ended in June when...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, Anderson Varejao had a career-high 23 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the season with a 94-84 victory over the short-handed Washington Wizards on Tuesday night in the first game on the NBA schedule.
Rookie Dion Waiters added 17 points for the Cavs, who led by 16 in the third quarter but needed big plays from Irving and...
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wishes he could take back that guarantee about winning an NBA title before LeBron James.
When James left Cleveland for Miami as a free agent in July 2010, Gilbert famously predicted in a letter to fans that his Cavs would win a championship before James got one with the Heat. Well, that ended in June when James led Miami to a finals...
If the Cavaliers dont contend for a playoff spot, Im worried they might disappear from Cleveland.
No, not from the city itself -- but from the psyche of Northeast Ohio sports fans.
In the sports pecking order, the Cavs are already fourth in the minds of Clevelanders, trailing the Browns, Buckeyes and Indians. At best, the Cavs are tied for third with the Indians. But the Tribe...
Last night I got a chance to talk to Cleveland resident, SBNation writer and twitter staple Martin Rickman. (@martinrickman) It was a fascinating conversation about being a blogger or post-blogger, parody Twitter accounts and being a “real person” online. Don’t tune out too quickly because I also tacked on a Cavaliers preview with Scott. Some of the audio quality is a bit hit...
Dion Waiters (left): "Screw College, when I make the big leagues, I'll be starting on opening day."
Scoop Jardine: "Good one bud."
Scoop better believe it.
According to Rick Noland of the Chronicle Telegram, Dion Waiters will be in the Cavaliers starting line-up in the Cleveland Cavaliers season opener tonight against Washington, giving Waiters...
CLEVELAND – There might come a day when the Cavaliers deal center Anderson Varejao. However, whenever they think about trading him, they should pop in a videotape of him from the Cavs' 94-84 victory over the Washington Wizards in the season opener Tuesday for both teams. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Varejao established career highs in rebounds (23) and assists (nine), as he...