Cavaliers-Jazz pregame dribbles
Tipoff: Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah, 9 p.m.
Records: Cavaliers 1-2; Jazz 1-3.
TV: FOX Sports Ohio (Cavaliers Live pre-game at 8:30). Radio: WTAM 1100-AM.
Cavaliers: C Anderson Varejao; PF Kevin Love; SF LeBron James; SG Dion Waiters; PG Kyrie Irving.
Jazz: C Enes Kanter; PF Derrick Favors; SF Gordon Hayward; SG Alec Burks; PG Trey Burke.
Cavaliers: Matthew Dellavedova (left knee) out.
1. It may be Will Cherry Time in Cleveland (well, Utah). That’s because Dellavedova injured his knee late in Tuesday’s loss at Portland. The injury doesn’t sound serious, but the Cavs are still evaluating it.
2. Delly has been a key piece of the rotation, backing up starting point guard Kyrie Irving. For the most part, Dellavedova has performed his role well. The second-year guard closed the Cavs’ overtime win at Chicago last weekend, and played most of the fourth quarter vs. the Blazers. Both times, he subbed in for Waiters and finished the game.
3. This is already the Cavs’ second two-games-in-two-nights set of the season. Last time, they played lousy on the first night and won the second. For whatever that is worth. (Hint: Not much.)
4. Jazz coach Quin Snyder was one of my first heroes as a player. As a high schooler, he was a 4.0 student from Mercer Island, Wash., who dunked with ease. He was 6-foot-1, 150 pounds and a pogo stick with the ball. He then played for Duke University, where he was roommates with former Cavs (and current Hawks) general manager Danny Ferry.
5. I wrote Snyder a letter during his freshman year at Duke. I was still a player in high school, and told him I tried to model my game after his. He wrote back, and we exchanged several letters. I mostly remember how he sent everything back on Duke stationary, and once mailed a Blue Devils bumper sticker, a Blue Devils pin, and a few other Duke-related items.
6. Since then, I’ve fallen out of touch with Snyder but have followed his career closely. He’s coached tons of places, including a stint as the head coach at the University of Missouri, assistant coach with Mike Brown and the Lakers, and an assistant coach with the Mike Budenholzer and the Hawks last season.
7. So there you have it: My quick Snyder story. Although I’m not sure how quick that was.
8. The Jazz are a young team with talent, but the key word there is "young." It would be their championship to beat this stacked Cavs team. The Cavs had better be cognizant of that.