The Cleveland Cavaliers will play their final road game of the preseason against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center located in Philadelphia, Pa. on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 7 p.m. EST.
Cleveland is coming off a 114-111 overtime win against the Orlando Magic which showed both Omri Casspi and Kyrie Irving breaking away from a mediocre string of performances this preseason. Irving logged 22 points while shooting 5-8 from the field and a perfect 11-11 from the line to lead the team in scoring. Casspi was 5-9 from the field with 12 points to remind fans he was still with the team.
Coach Byron Scott is in a tough position with the preseason winding down as he still has two cuts to make to bring his roster to 15. It appears the likes of Michael Eric, Kevin Jones, and Jeremy Pargo are still on the fringe so look for some of them to get some extra playing time against the 76ers.
Eric has had limited minutes this preseason and will likely spend his time in the Developmental League provided he makes the team. He can certainly develop into a strong defensive player but should be considered nothing more than a project at this point.
Pargo is at a disadvantage to make the roster with Donald Sloan perfuming well for the backup point guard role. Sloan came to camp in better shape and has improved his outside shot. Pargo got extra minutes on Monday against Orlando and failed to impress, look for Sloan to have his chance on Wednesday.
I would like to see Jones make the roster as I enjoyed his play with West Virginia last year. When it comes Jones, there is a reason he was signed as undrafted rookie free agents--health concerns. Jones has an uphill battle competing with guys like Samardo Samuels and preseason surprise Jon Leuer. Quite honestly I would take Jones over Luke Walton any day of the week. Unfortunately the Cavaliers do not rely on me to make such basketball decisions.
Hopefully within the next few days fans will have a better idea as to how the roster will look come the regular season.
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