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- The Cavaliers have “the best young backcourt in the NBA,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. Kyrie Irving and rookie Dion Waiters are combining to score 40 points per game.
- The Suns, almost never known for their shot-blocking, are leading the league with 9.0 per game, led by individual NBA leader Marcin Gortat with 4.2. His 21 blocks through five games are the most in franchise history. “Marcin has done a great job,” Gentry said. “There’s no magic potion or formula. You have to be engaged.”
- Cavs coach Byron Scott said he has no interest in the Lakers job, saying, “I’m perfectly happy here in Cleveland. Then he joked it might be time to talk to owner Dan Gilbert. “It might be a good time…to start politicking for a 4-year extension.”
- Both teams are almost entirely healthy. The Cavs, though, will miss big man Tyler Zeller, out with a concussion and facial injury. The inactives are big man Jermaine O’Neal for the Suns and Luke Harangody for the Cavs.
– Mike Tulumello