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- Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum (left and right knee surgery) is active and expected to play in his first NBA game since May 21, 2012. “We feel like there is an opportunity for him to play, but if he does, it will be limited,” coach Mike Brown said. “He wants to play. He’s anxious.” The 7-footer sat out the entire preseason after signing with Cleveland on July 19. Bynum underwent bilateral arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March and resumed limited basketball activities in mid-September.
- The Cavaliers’ starters are All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Earl Clark, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Anderson Varejao. Clark won the job in a three-man competition with Alonzo Gee and C.J. Miles. “This doesn’t mean Earl will be out there all season, but he’ll be out there tonight,” Brown said. “No one separated themselves from the group.”
- Power forward Kevin Garnett and small forward Paul Pierce are will start in their Nets debut. Joining the longtime Celtics in the lineup are point guard Deron Williams, shooting guard Joe Johnson, and center Brook Lopez. Those five players have combined for 35 career NBA All-Star Game appearances.
- Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd is serving the first half of his two-game NBA suspension. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will pilot the team on an interim basis with Lawrence Frank and John Welch serving as his lead assistants. “We have our roles,” Prunty said. “We felt this was the best way to approach it.”
- Cleveland’s inactives are rookie shooting guard Carrick Felix (sports hernia) and rookie small forward Sergey Karasev (left ankle sprain). Not in uniform for Brooklyn are small forward Andrei Kirilenko (back soreness) and power forward Tornike Shengelia.
– Brian Dulik