Isaiah Hartenstein to begin vs. Utah Jazz in Cleveland Cavaliers debut; Taurean Prince returns from shoulder damage


SALZSTADT – Sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

Isaiah Hartenstein, who joined the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night, hours before their game against the Sacramento Kings, will be the focus of his Cavs debut against the Utah Jazz on Monday night, sources told

Cleveland will use its 22nd distinct starting line-up, which sources say works with Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro, Dean Wade and Hartenstein. Nobody in the newly started starting group is older than 24 years.

Head coach JB Bickerstaff announced that Larry Nance Jr. has been disfellowshipped for an illness unrelated to COVID-19. Nance woke up sick and didn’t take part in the shootaround on Monday morning. That leaves the Cavaliers in the middle short as Jarrett Allen will miss his second game in a row due to a concussion. Bickerstaff intended to loosen Hartenstein into the line-up. But the 22-year-old is called up longer than expected due to Nance’s absence.

“We’ll do it from the committee,” said Bickerstaff before the game. “We just have to see how it goes. Next man up. We cannot expect one person to fill Larry’s shoes. Everyone will have to contribute. “

Though Hartenstein, part of the JaVale McGee deal, has not yet trained with the Cavs, he sat on the bench and watched on Saturday. He also went through his first shootaround on Monday morning and helped get used to the new environment.

“Even in the short time I’ve been here, you’ve done a great job getting me used to the pieces, and even more so to the terminology and what the pieces are called,” said Hartenstein. “I think almost every NBA team will play most games. These days, there isn’t really an NBA team that doesn’t really do the same stuff, which has made it a lot easier. “

While the caves will be a few bodies down, the Tauride Prince will be making his return from a sprained shoulder, sources say. Prince, who hit his shoulder in training before the start of the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans and hasn’t played since the All-Star break, will fall off the bench.

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