Game Night: Pacers Host Lowly Cavs, Who Have Their Weapons-Grade Leader Back

With Kyrie Irving back for the Cavs, the Pacers tonight go head to head against a 5-17 team that clearly has the advantage at two spots in the starting lineup. And since the jury remains out on CJ Miles vs. Lance Stephenson, that number could be three.

This isn’t a complete condemnation of Indiana’s starting lineup as much as it is a credit to the talent of Kyrie and the unbelievable season Anderson Varejao is having. Andy is blowing the league away in rebounding with an average of 14.9 per night — a full 2 more than anyone else. Hell, the 5.9 offensive boards alone he has grabbed every night would put his fourth on the Pacers in total rebounds.

As for Irving, he is just a special player.

After sitting out 11 straight games with an injury, he returned last night and helped his team beat the Lakers. He scored 28 points, dished out 11 assists and even grabbed 6 rebounds. Ho hum. Just another night for Uncle Drew.

That is also an advantage for Indy, however: having just played last night (and for 38 minutes, no less), hopefully Irving will be a little tuckered out. George Hill certainly hopes so.

The Cavs are just 2-11 on the road though. So there’s that.

Tonight’s Projected Starters

George Hill Kyrie Irving

PG

Lance Stephenson CJ Miles

SG

Paul George Alonzo Gee

SF

David West Thristan Thompson

PF

Roy Hibbert Anderson Varejao

C

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