Over the course of 17 days, the Cavs will play 3 games from 18 November (@ the 76ers on NBATV) until 5 December (Home game vs Chicago on ESPN) with the formerly known as Vancouver hosting us on 26 November (on NBATV.)
The schedule is out and the Cavaliers have 4 games on National Television. Reason for excitement?
Then nothing until 23 February where we are at Orlando, likely sans Dwight Howard. So the early going will allow us to be shown nationally...and then nothing.
More reason for excitement? I can easily see us going 3-1 during that slate.
The 76ers should provide us a good contest, but I think that (assuming health) we matchup really well with them.
Even healthy, playing the Grizzlies on their homecourt would be a very very tough contest for us, and that's the one loss that I see. It's just hard to matchup with their size underneath...or the wing scoring that Rudy Gay is capable of providing.
Chicago, without Derrick Rose is a much easier matchup. And while Asik is not going to be worth the contract he was given, a huge reason why Chicago has had so much success lately is because their bench defense is every bit as good as their starting defense. That's no longer the case. Without Rose to pace the scoring, who are they going to turn to? Boozer who is yet another year older (and already showing signs of slowing down?) Noah, who while a very good center, is not a guy who creates for his self. Luol Deng? He has his moments...but he's more of a stopper.
And then, Orlando in late February. Odds are, there's no Dwight Howard. Even if there is, with no Ryan Anderson to keep defenses honest, we'll just consistently double team him with a flurry of guys...and make his life even more miserable than he's already made it.
I'm a little happy to see that we do get 4 games, to include one game on ESPN. I'm even happier with the opponents because there are 3 very winnable games on the schedule...and really, even Memphis could be a win. However, I wish that there wasn't such a huge gap between our 3rd and our final National game. Still, it's a good season to be a Cavs fan IMO.