Cavs Opener: Mike Brown Returns to Revamped Roster

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Could this be a playoff season for the Cleveland Cavaliers?

We will find out how the team is doing Wednesday night as they open up the season at home against Brooklyn.

The Nets’ new lineup, which includes Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams, is in town to play Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers as the Wine and Gold’s season gets underway at Quicken Loans Arena.

It’s era number two for Mike Brown. He returns to a revamped roster facing a team where every member of the starting lineup has been an all-star.

“We want to win now.  But now, don’t get me wrong. There’s a learning curve we have to go through,” Brown recently told the media. “Don’t get me wrong, we’re going to hit some bumps along the way — how well do we fight through the adversity that we’re going to face throughout the course of the season?  If we lose four, five in a row, are we going to splinter?  Or are we going to stay together and keep fighting and figure it out?”

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The Nets are counting on the team’s star power to give them a championship.

Longtime NBA guard Jason Kidd is now coaching the Nets.  It’s his debut.

What remains to be seen is whether he can manage as well as he dished out assists in the league.

The Cavs went 4-4 in preseason games.  The team looked good, and the new players seem to be doing well to start off the season.

One thing everyone on the roster understands, you need an all-out commitment on the defensive end to achieve success.

“This team, I think we just have an identity. We have a couple of young veterans including myself, and we’re all trying to figure it out together,” Kyrie Irving said.  “That’s what it’s going to take.  We’re a defensive-first team.  We have to defend to win games. We have some defensive goals that will bring us more wins than it has the last two years.”

The home opener against the Brooklyn Nets tips off Wednesday at 7 p.m.