The Cleveland Cavaliers have settled on the two players who will join their Big Three in the starting lineup when the regular season begins next week.
Cavs coach David Blatt said Friday that Anderson Varejao will start at center against the New York Knicks on Thursday, joining Dion Waiters at shooting guard and Cleveland’s star-studded trio of small forward LeBron James, power forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving.
Varejao, 32, beat out the 23-year-old Tristan Thompson for the starting nod on opening night. Blatt said that the decision came down, in part, to Varejao’s history of playing alongside James. The two were teammates from 2004 to ’10.
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Report: Avery Bradley Out with Sports Hernia
LA Clippers guard Avery Bradley has a sports hernia and won’t play Thursday against the Golden State Warriors, head coach Doc Rivers said.
Bradley will be evaluated by doctors, Rivers told reporters.
The Detroit Pistons traded Bradley in January as part of the Blake Griffin trade.
Bradley is averaging 14.3 points and two assists per game this season.