Nance to start for Cavs vs. Nets; Green not with team
The Season of Flux will continue today as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
Larry Nance Jr., having just returned to action after missing time with a sore right hamstring, will start at center.
Acting coach Larry Drew said Nance will start alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love in the Cleveland frontcourt, with Jose Calderon and George Hill forming the starting backcourt tandem.
However, Jeff Green is not with the team as it begins a three-game road trip, according to Drew. The forward is out with the same illness that forced him to leave the team's 120-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night before halftime and he did not return.
Drew said Green, who is reportedly dealing with a flu-like illness, could rejoin the team as it heads to Miami on Tuesday and Charlotte on Wednesday or miss the road trip altogether.
Cleveland is still without head coach Tyronn Lue as he works through some general health concerns.
Kyle Korver will miss at least today's game after the death of his younger brother, Kirk. Funeral services are set for Monday.
Rookie Cedi Osman is still rehabbing a strained flexor tendon in his left hip.
The Cavaliers (43-29) stand third in the Eastern Conference playoff chase entering today's game. Brooklyn comes in at 23-50. Cleveland owns Brooklyn's 2018 first-round draft pick, which it obtained as part of the Kyrie Irving trade with Boston on Aug. 22.