INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- What should we expect from the Cavaliers' in the preseason opener?
Well, not a whole lot. Not unless you think watching guys fighting for a roster spot is a good time.
That's pretty much the story as the Cavs prepare to take on Italian club Montepaschi Siena on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena. They immediately follow with their second preseason game Tuesday in Canton against Milwaukee.
Cavs coach Byron Scott has already figured out his strategy. He says he'll play the starters (to be announced) 20-24 minutes, and use up to seven reserves each night, giving them minutes "in the high teens or maybe the high 20s." Bench guys who don't play Monday will likely get those minutes Tuesday.
Makes sense, as Scott must trim the roster from 20 to 15 players before the Oct. 30 regular-season opener. It won't be easy, either.
A lot of Cavs aiming to stay in the NBA are similar in stature and talent. But if you ask Scott, that's one of the things that makes this preseason ...