Bobcats 105, Cavs 92
at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte
In the early part of the game, Cavs coach Mike Brown used what was going to be his rotation in a regular season game. Of course, he has six injured players that will eventually work their way into his rotation.
Alonzo Gee never got off the bench, which could be something that happens from time to time if Earl Clark wins the starting small forward job. He had his best game of the preseason with 12 points and three rebounds.
C.J. Miles might get the backup minutes once he's healthy. He missed the game with an injured right calf. He missed the last two preseason games.
The Bobcats used their regulars in the fourth quarter. They wanted to win this game. It's time to get your regulars ready for real action.
Cavs guard Kyrie Irving had 20 points and five rebounds. Dion Waiters started for the Cavs at shooting guard, but was held out of the second half after playing 15 minutes.
Some other observations:
--I was impressed with Bobcats power forward Cody Zeller, younger brother of Cavs center Tyler Zeller. The rookie had 13 points and eight rebounds. He's fundamentally strong and has skills, perhaps more than his older brothers.
-- Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was held out of the second half with a hamstring injury.
--Cavs backup center Henry Sims didn't shoot the ball well, but pulled down eight rebounds. He's likely going to make the team.
--The real games start on Wednesday when the Cavs host Brooklyn in the regular season opener at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs have several days to hone their skills. Ready of not, it's coming.