Last night we witnessed the Bulls collapse against the Heat, the Pacers invite the Magic to a block party, and the Lakersreserves upset the Clippers. What's in store for tonight? Here's everything you need to know about the first game up, as Uncle Drew and the Cavaliers host the new-look and expensive Nets.
Start time: 7pm eastern, 4pm pacific
Watch on: NBA TV
Venue: "The Q", Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Refs: Ron Garretson, Olandis Poole, Zach Zarba
Injuries: The Cavaliers have an array of injuries including Andrew Bynum (knee), CJ Miles (calf), Tyler Zeller(appendectomy), Sergey Karasev (ankle), and Carrick Felix (hernia). On the Nets side, Andrei Kirilenko (back), Shaun Livingston (neck), and Tornike Shengelia (knee) are all questionable.
The last time these teams met: The Nets took the season series 3-0 last season, their last win against the Cavs coming on April 3rd, winning 113-95. Former Net (now Celtic) Marshon Brooks led the way for the Nets with 27 points while former Sonic Reggie Evans tallied 18 rebounds. Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavs with 16 points and 6 assists.
Story: For the Cavaliers, many see them in the final stages of their rebuilding process. Kyrie Irving has quickly established himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA. Owner Dan Gilbert went out and got Kyrie Irving some help this off season by signing one of last season's sixth man of the year contenders in Jarrett Jack, and also adding the likes of Earl Clark. More new faces in Cleveland include number one overall pick in forward Anthony Bennett out of UNLV, and former all-star Andrew Bynum who hasn't appeared in an NBA game since the 2012 playoffs. The Cavaliers also welcome back former head coach Mike Brown, who look to add some discipline and defense to this squad.
The Nets went out this off season and spent a lot of money, which might be an understatement. They traded for future hall of fame guys in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, signed Andrei Kirilenko and Shaun Livingston, and also acquired sharpshooter Jason Terry in the trade with the Celtics. The Nets also made a coaching change after dismissing P. J. Carlesimo and bringing on the recently retired and former Net Jason Kidd as their head coach. Kidd will have to wait to make his regular season debut however, he is suspended for the first two games for an off season DWI. Lawrence Frank will run the team in his absence.
History watch: If Kevin Garnett scores six points tonight, he'll move past Reggie Miller into 14th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. He'll still trail Alex English by a little less than 400 for 13th.
Prediction: The new-look Nets get their first win together despite a great effort from Irving and the Cavs. Garnett and Lopez both finish with double-doubles, Kyrie flirts with a triple-double, and Anthony Bennett makes his NBA debut by scoring in the double digits.
Cavaliers: 87, Nets: 92
UPADTE: ANDREW BYNUM IS LISTED AS ACTIVE. HE WAS ALSO SEEN DOING PREGAME WORKOUTS.
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