It was only one game, but the Cavs’ 95-87 win over the Celtics on Wednesday has some people wondering if Cleveland might not be as bad this season as was widely predicted. I am not one of those people. No team with both Jamario Moon and 47-year-old Anthony Parker in its starting lineup can possibly be any good. That doesn’t mean they can’t beat the Raptors, though.
What’s funny/sad about this matchup is that I can’t really tell which roster has less talent. I’d argue that Anderson Varejao is the only player in either team’s regular starting lineup that would most likely start for at least half the teams in the NBA. Speaking of Varejao, he’s not expected to play tonight as he’s reportedly in Cleveland attending his father’s heart surgery. That’s just as well for the Raptors, since he was on the All-Defensive Second Team last season and he’s the kind of player who could give Andrea Bargnani fits.
On the injury front, Mo Williams is doubtful with a groin injury while Leandro Barbosa is probable (as he might be all season) with a sore wrist. There’s no word on whether or not Cavs coach Byron Scott has recovered from his facepalm injury as a result of LeBron James leaving Cleveland in the lurch one week after Scott was hired.
1. Is Byron Scott a decent coach? More than any other NBA coach, I feel like I can’t quite nail down the answer to that question. He’s been fired from two other teams and he as a career winning percentage of .499.
2. Have we determined with absolute certainty which Graham signed with the Cavs this past off-season? (It’s supposedly Joey.)
3. Has Jamario Moon figured out that LeBron is never coming back?
4. Is it weird that I find Candace Parker attractive even though Anthony looks exactly like her?
5. Will somebody keep an eye on Reggie Evans so he doesn’t O.D. on Skittles this weekend?
Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jarrett Jack, DeMar DeRozan, Linas Kleiza, Reggie Evans, Andrea Bargnani
Cleveland: Ramon Sessions, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, J.J. Hickson, Ryan Hollins
Your pregame song for tonight is The Score’s new Court Surfing theme by JD Era. I had never heard of this rapper before now, but he’s straight outta Mississauga (a.k.a. Sauga City [nobody calls it that]) and I find this track to be rather good — and relevant!