Shaquille O'Neal will be jumping it up for your Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at the Q as they tip off their preseason schedule against the Charlotte Bobcats. And when the most highly anticipated season in the last forty years of Cleveland professional sports is officially underway tonight, these are some things I'll be looking for...
First, is it on TV: While there are conflicting reports out there as to whether the game will be televised tonight or not, according to Fox Sports Ohio, the game will be aired at 7pm regionally.
What does the starting lineup look like: Delonte West and Mo Williams were each held out of the Wine and Gold scrimmage but look for both to be active tonight. According to Mike Brown, via the News Herald - Bob Finnan:
"Right now I don't plan on holding out anybody...that could change (today) after shootaround."
If the Cavs are at full strength, look for Anthony Parker to start at the two, and Delonte West to come off the bench. Mo, Andy, Shaq, and LBJ should round out the starting five for game one of the preseason.
Shaq as Robin: Shaq's no stranger to Gotham city, but he's certainly never rocked the yellow spandex. If the Cavs are going to take the next step this season, he is going to have to embrace the role of Robin to LeBron's Batman. I think it works out swimmingly...but we'll begin to find out tonight.
Boobie, Boobie: With the number one shaved into the side of his head outlined by a star, will Daniel Gibson be the guy we saw against Detroit a few years back, or will he be a guy that gets beat out by Danny Green for pt off the bench this season.
How's Delonte West looking: There is a rumor floating around out there that Delonte West weighed in (15) pounds underweight last week when he arrived in camp. With the emotional battle he's been working through over the last month, it will be interesting to see how he looks and plays tonight if he sees action.
Over-under on Cavalier Bench fines: As reported yesterday by Brian Windhorst:
"The NBA has issued a memo to its teams directing players on the bench to remain seated during games. Game officials will be keeping a closer eye and will issue faster warnings and possible technical fouls if not followed. Players are permitted to cheer, but standing during regular-game action and blocking the fans' views apparently isn't going to be allowed...That goes for Tuesday night's first preseason game at The Q..."
Over-Under for tonight on the amount of fines for breaking this new rule: (2)
Over-Under for preseason (8) games total: (10) Fines
Over-Under on how many regular season games it lasts before the NBA just gives up and stops enforcing this rule: (28)