Beilein: 'It's Probable' that Rookie Guard Garland Starts in Opener
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Darius Garland is entering his first NBA regular-season game after just five appearances in college, but he is likely to hear his name called right from the beginning.
At least, that's the word from Cavaliers coach John Beilein, who said "it's probable" Garland will start next to second-year guard Collin Sexton for Wednesday's opener at Orlando (7 p.m. EST, FOX Sports Ohio).
Garland missed the start of training camp with a bum foot. This after sitting out most of his freshman season at Vanderbilt with a knee issue. He also missed the Cavs' summer run while rehabbing the same knee.
Garland did manage to play in the three preseason games, averaging 9.0 points and 2.7 assists, showing a flair for knocking down perimeter shots and finding the open man.
While Beilein didn't offer specifics, center Tristan Thompson, power forward Kevin Love and small forward Cedi Osman are the likely starters next to Garland and Sexton.
If Garland were to come off the bench, veteran guard Matthew Dellavedova would start in his place. Brandon Knight, who started part of last season, is another option.
As an aside, injured center John Henson (groin) went through portions of practice Tuesdaay. While he is unlikely to suit up for the opener, Beilein did leave the door open. Henson is considered day-to-day.
The Cavs play their first home game of the season Saturday against the Indiana Pacers.