Report: Zach LaVine set to make 2022-23 season debut for Bulls vs. Cavs

Zach LaVine

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls are set to face off against each other on Saturday night in what’s sure to be an exciting matchup.

While the Cavs will be without start point guard Darius Garland for the contest, the Bulls are set to get back Zach LaVine, who missed the team’s first two games due to management for his left knee.

LaVine underwent surgery on his knee back in May, and the Bulls have been cautious with him. The team went 1-1 in his absence, beating the Miami Heat on Wednesday night and losing to the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

DeMar DeRozan has shouldered the scoring load for the team in LaVine’s absence. He torched the Heat to the tune of 37 points and put up 32 points against the Wizards.

As for the Cavs, they lost their first game of the season on Wednesday to the Toronto Raptors. Donovan Mitchell had a great debut for the team, recording 31 points and nine assists, but people mostly were concerned about Garland. He had to leave the game after suffering a left eye laceration.

It seems like he also won’t be available for the team’s home opener on Sunday against the Wizards. That makes Saturday’s game even more important.

Cleveland doesn’t want to put itself into a deep hole early on in the season. In these types of situations, it’s important to have other stars on the roster.

Last season, the Cavs went 7-7 without Garland. When he was out, the team struggled mightily on offense and didn’t really have anyone to create for others.

Now, it has Mitchell, a player who is used to leading squads on offense, on the roster. The three-time All-Star holds career averages of 23.9 points and 4.5 assists per game.

Evan Mobley and Caris LeVert should also be able to step up in Garland’s absence. Many believe that Mobley is a breakout candidate this season, and the Cavs apparently have big plans for him.

Saturday’s game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. EST.

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