Cavs lose opener

Cleveland Cavaliers Alonzo Gee saves the ball from going out of bounds along the sideline during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Cleveland, December 26, 2011.REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

It wasn’t the best opener for rookie Kyrie Irving, as he only managed 6 points on 2-12 shooting. Three of those points came from a meaningless 3-pointer at the end of the game. Irving has not shown much with his outside shot in the two exhibition games. It’s early of course but it would be nice to see some flashes there. That said, he had 7 assists and only one turnover in 26 minutes, so the other parts of his game looked solid.

Meanwhile, Ramon Sessions had a great night. He seems to have discovered a 3-point shot as he hit two tonight, and he was excellent in every phase of the game as the second teamers led by Sessions got the Cavs back into the game

The other rookie, Tristan Thompson, had a great night with 14 points in 17 minutes as he was active in all phases of the game. The kid is a gamer and he’s opening up some eyes.

Here are some more thoughts:

Omri Casspi wasn’t very impressive in his Cavs debut with only 2 points on 0-4 shooting.

The Cavs need scoring, but Antawn Jamison was forcing up too many bricks from the outside.

Alonzo Gee continues to look great. The kid has a ton of energy and he’s a scorer. I wouldn’t be surprised if he fights his way past Casspi into the starting lineup at some point, or becomes the main scoring option off the bench.

I like seeing some more aggressiveness out of Anthony Parker. He has a nice shot and might be able to take on more of the scoring load.

It still blows me away that some Cavs fans think Anderson Varejao is overrated. He hustles like nobody else!

It’s a year for learning, so hopefully we’ll see some nice progress from Irving and the rest of the team over the course of the season.

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Kyrie Irving gets start in Cavs opener

Kyrie Irving. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Head Coach Byron Scott just announced that Kyrie Irving will be the starter tonight as the Cavs open the season against the Toronto Raptors. Scott said he wanted Irving to get his playing time with the veterans to speed his development, and Ramon Sessions can lend his experience to the youngsters in the second unit.

The Kyrie Irving era begins tonight!