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Monday, December 26, 2011

Game 1: Raptors at Cavs

at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

The Kyrie Irving era began on Monday. He didn't shoot the ball well at all, as he made just 2 of 12 shots. That will have to change if he wants to make a run for the Rookie of the Year award.

Irving, 19, was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. He finished with six points, seven assists and three rebounds. One thing he did well was just one turnover in 26 minutes.

It was his backup, Ramon Sessions, that pulled the Cavs back in the game. Coach Byron Scott was asked after the game if he regretted that move. He didn't.

He did say that he almost went with Sessions down the stretch to try to win the game. It probably would have given them the best chance to win. But this whole season is about Irving and Tristan Thompson. So, it was Irving who went back in the game. He didn't play much better than he did earlier.

Veteran forward Antawn Jamison is trying to shoot himself out of his slump. It didn't work, as he made just 6 of 20 from the field.

On this particular night, I would have stayed with Thompson a bit longer, since he was very active around the basket en route to his 12 points and five rebounds.

The other starting forward, Omri Casspi, was almost invisible. He had just two points and was 0 of 4 from the field. He'll need to make some impact.

SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. Rasual Butler (6-7, 215)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Andrei Bargnani (7-0, 256)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Amir Johnson (6-9, 210)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. DeMarr DeRozan (6-7, 216)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Jose Calderon (6-3, 211)
Cavs – G Mychel Thompson, C Semih Erden
Raptors - F Linas Kleiza, C Aaron Gray
Monty McCutchen, JT Orr, Violet Palmer


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