The Cavaliers head into their tilt with the Nets with Kyle Korver on the roster, though I wouldn’t expect him to play on Friday. In other exciting news for the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will return to the lineup. After seeing a piecemeal roster for much of the last week or so, it’ll be nice to see the Cavaliers resembling something close to 100%.
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets
When: 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV: Fox Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass
Enemy Blog: The Bird Writes
Music: Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Keys to the game
- I want to be clear, Higher Love by Steve Winwood has nothing to do with this game. But we were playing an 80’s Pandora station at work the other night and this is a certified banger.
- The Nets suck, and currently have the worst record in the NBA (Dammit, Celtics.) That doesn’t mean they don’t have a few guys that can give the Cavaliers trouble. Brook Lopez has always felt like the kind of guy who can give Tristan Thompson trouble, as he’s honestly just way too big for TT to handle straight up. He’s about 4-5 inches taller and has a killer post game, so that should be something the Cavaliers will have to look out for.
- The Nets also sport two guards who are quite a bit of fun to watch in Jeremy Lin and Sean Kilpatrick. Neither players are All-Stars, but they are both great at getting into the teeth of the defense and creating a little bit of chaos.
- I wonder if Kay Felder gets bumped out of the rotation with Kyrie Irving back in the fold. He’d shown some good things, and against a bad team, I think Tyronn Lue should keep playing him.
- The Korver trade shouldn’t affect the Cavs much tonight in terms of warm bodies. Mike Dunleavy was barely playing, and Mo Williams hasn’t worn a Cavs uniform once this season.
Fear the Sword’s Fearless Prediction
The Cavaliers would probably like to start this road trip on a good note after dropping one to the Bulls. Cavs 127, Nets 103.