The Cleveland Cavaliers will play their first game of the season on Friday night against the Detroit Pistons in a game scheduled to tip off at 6:30 p.m. on NBA TV. Due to the NBA lockout, the only other preseason game the Cavs will play comes next week at home against the Pistons.
The preseason isn't typically an indicator of too many things, but the one thing to keep an eye on is the point guard position. Cleveland selected Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, but reports indicate that veteran guard Ramon Sessions will start the game at the point
Fear The Sword's Conrad Kaczmarek wrote that he's going to trust the team's best judgement when it comes to the Sessions vs. Irving battle.
Truthfully, I have no problem with whoever Scott chooses to start. If he believes that Irving will be better suited off the bench as he learns the PG position in the NBA, then that's fine with me. Sessions played quite well last season and it may be wise for the Cavaliers to showcase him along with various other veterans (Jamison, Varejao) if they intend to bump up their trade value and get young assets in return. In the long run, however, I believe Irving will be the starter and I expect that to be sooner rather than later.
Maybe Friday night's game will provide some clarity, but that's rather doubtful at this early juncture in the season.