The Oklahoma City Thunder aren’t the only team trying to figure out how to incorporate new superstars. It’s happening in Cleveland, too. The Cavaliers’ have a deeper roster this season and, perhaps as Kyrie Irving learned and disliked through three consecutive trips to the Finals, it’s not easy knowing when to go and when to say “whoa.” Dwyane Wade is a wise old NBA head, so he’s not rattled, but he is off to a slow start that’s rare by his Hall of Fame-bound standards, writes ESPN’s Dave McMenamin in the wake of Cleveland’s loss to Orlando: “I’m trying to find it, man,” Wade said after scoring five points on 2-for-8 shooting against the Magic. “It’s very different, different than I’ve ever played.
The Los Angeles Lakers don't have the personnel to match up well against strong post teams, and they'll face two of the best big men in the NBA when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on Sunday evening. The Pelicans (0-2) feature power forwards Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in their starting lineup. Davis, Cousins and point guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder were the only NBA players to finish in the top 10 in scoring and rebounding last season.