With the Cavaliers preseason contests in the rear-mirror, four of the five starting positions are in ink. The last remaining role: the team’s starting point guard spot with a competition of sorts still ongoing between Ramon Sessions – who started both preseason games – and rookie, first-overall draft selection Kyrie Irving.
With four days remaining until the Cavs tip off against the Toronto Raptors, head coach Byron Scott appears ready to make this decision in the 11th hour, stating he should have his mind made up following the next two days of practice, telling the players on Christmas Day but announcing his intentions publically before the game.
“The one good thing about it is that I have two very good point guards,” Scott said following Thursday’s practice. “That’s a plus. So right now, it’s kind of a toss up.”
Scott has touted Sessions’ improvement on the defensive end, a point of emphasis for the Cavaliers though much of this shortend training camp. Sessions has also stepped up and surprised a lot of the coaching staff with his willingness to work with Kyrie even though the two are technically competing.
I have gone on record multiple times, speculating that I feel Scott will start Sessions on opening day, but will ultimately give way to the rookie by mid-January. Due to Scott’s reiterated intention to have at least a nine-man rotation through much of the season, it is safe to expect both players getting considerable minutes – regardless of “starter” – as the two players continue to be two of the team’s best offensive weapons.
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