While I didn't expect the Cavaliers to start the season 0-2, if you told me they'd be 7-3 after 10 while incorporating a number of new faces into the rotation, I'd of taken that. More to that point, if you told me that Mike Brown would have the rotation just about figured out this early into the season, J.J. Hickson would have already emerged as a legitimate starter, and the Cavaliers would be shooting 46% from three point land, my excitement level would have never bordered on the state of panic I flirted with personally a few weeks back. That said, this game against a beleaguered team in Golden State is one in which the Cavaliers have to get out early, put them away, and not look back.
In Game Update...click here for video of LBJ blocking Monta Ellis...Yikes
And if Brandon Jennings can go for 55 against this team, just imagine what LeBron James can do to them. The projected starting line-ups and key reserves for Golden State are after the jump...
Hat Tip: @jose3030
While Cory Maggette did not start in last games 129-125 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, we expect him to fill the void of newly departed Stephen Jackson, who did start prior to being dealt to the Bobcats on Monday.
That said, the projected starting line-up for the Warriors (3-6) looks like this:
F - Cory Maggette (16.0 ppg)
F - Kelenna Azubuike (13.9 ppg)
C - Mikki Moore (3.5 ppg)
G - Monta Ellis (19.3 ppg)
G - Anthony Morrow (11.2)
Key Reserves: Cavs fans will get their first look at LeBron James' favorite college player from a year ago, Steph Curry (8.2 ppg, 4.4 apg), who has been productive thus far into his rookie campaign. Also coming off a depleted bench for Golden State is Acie Law (6.2 ppg), and Anthony Randolph (11.2 ppg). Newly acquired Raja Bell and Vladamir Radmanovic will figure to be key players as well for the Warriors, but no word on if they will be in uniform as quickly as Tuesday after being dealt in return for Jackson.
Update 1:46pm Tuesday: Shaquille O'Neal will not be active for tonight's match-up with Golden State
Update In Game...Curry started, Magette came off bench...Azubuike is hurt...Vladamir started...chucked it up as soon as they tipped...Cavs lead 60-51 with 2:36 left in first half.