Cavalier training camp is less than a week away, and just like every preseason in every sport, the games do not matter. But with the young, inexperienced players they have on their roster – every minute is important. As far as I’m concerned, the Cavs do not have much time to waste. With the abysmal performance of the Browns in the first three weeks of the NFL season and the tank job the Tribe showed us halfway into the season, Cleveland fans remain uneasy.
The Cavs open up their preseason schedule October 8, against Italian League team Monepaschi Siena. This game will serve as a tune-up game getting us back into competitive matches. All eyes will be on Kyrie Irving. He has said the rehab from his hand surgery has been going as planned, and fans will get the first glimpse of him in his sophomore season.
A day later, the Milwaukee Bucks come into town to play in the first ever game at Canton Memorial Civic Center. Tyler Zeller will face off with former North Carolina teammate, Drew Henson.
October 13 the Cavs host the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans arena. This will be a battle between two top five picks in the 2012 draft as Wizards shooting guard, Bradley Beal, the third pick overall, will face off against Dion Waiters, fourth overall. This will also be a preview of the Cavaliers season opener, which is also against the Wizards.
Next they travel to U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio to take on the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic. Not too long ago were the Cavs and Magic the class of the Eastern Conference, but unfortunately it’s not like that at all now.
To conclude their preseason schedule, they face off against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 17, and Indiana Pacers on October 23. These are two teams that have taken their bumps and bruises in years past, but now are two of the top teams in the East. Both rosters are similar to the Cavaliers, consisting of real young players. These teams have taken the next step in becoming great teams, something the Cavs will imitate in the next year.