Cavaliers-Knicks pregame dribbles

Like the Cavs, the Knicks have a first-time coach (Derek Fisher) who never coached the NBA before.

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Tipoff: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, 8 p.m.

TV: TNT (pregame show on FOX Sports Ohio starts at 7 p.m.). Radio: WTAM 1100-AM.

Records: Knicks (0-1); Cavaliers (0-0).

Projected Starters

Knicks: C Samuel Dalembert; PF Amar’e Stoudemire; SF Carmelo Anthony; SG Iman Shumpert; PG Shane Larkin.

Cavaliers: C Anderson Varejao; PF Kevin Love; SF LeBron James; SG Dion Waiters; PG Kyrie Irving.

Injury Report

Knicks: PG Jose Calderon (calf) out; F Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out.

Cavaliers: None.

Gameday Live: Cavs vs. Knicks


1. You’ve probably read, heard and seen about all you can handle from this game already. And they haven’t even thrown up the rock.

2. I’ve been around the Cleveland sports scene a long time. That includes covering the 2007 NBA Finals here in town. I’ve never seen anything like this. Never — and to be frank, never anything close. This is hype city, baby.

3. So what do the Cavs have to do to beat the Knicks? Well, not a whole lot. The Knicks were demolished by the Bulls in their opener Wednesday. Like the Cavs, the Knicks have a first-time coach (Derek Fisher) who never coached the NBA before. Unlike the Cavs, the Knicks start Carmelo Anthony and a bunch of guys who probably should be backups.

4. As for drama, it’s likely to all take place before the game, when everyone just wants to be part of the scene. One lady who works in the media dining area at The Q told me: "Cleveland has been the red-headed stepchild for years. Now everyone suddenly loves us."

5. She speaks the truth, as Jay-Z and Beyonce were spotted at a downtown coffee shop and Justin Bieber is reportedly here. What I will look for basketball-wise is how younger Cavs such as Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love handle all this pizazz. LeBron and others have experienced it before. But not the young guns.

6. Enjoy the game, once it finally tips off. I’ll have some more dribbles at halftime and after the game.