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PREVIEW: Cavaliers look to cool Trail Blazers, halt 10-game winning streak

CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers and Trail Blazers land on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Cleveland has lost six of its last 11 games, with one winning streak – a two-game stretch against Detroit (3/5) and Denver (3/7) – in the last month. Head coach Tyronn Lue is trying to manage an injury-riddled roster, all while implementing four new players into his rotations.

Portland has won 12 of its last 13 games, including a 10-game winning streak dating back to Feb. 14 vs. Golden State. Head coach Terry Stotts has solidified his lineup, as Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic are starting to form a superstar trio.

The two playoff-bound rosters will square off on Thursday evening from the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.

When: 10:00 p.m. ET

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Online: FOX Sports Go

Radio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM.

Cavs probable starters: PG George Hill, SG Kyle Korver, SF Jeff Green, PF LeBron James, C Larry Nance Jr.

Trail Blazers probable starters: PG Damian Lillard, SG C.J. McCollum, SF Maurice Harkless, PF Al-Farouq Aminu, C Jusuf Nurkic.

Cavs injuries: PF Kevin Love (left hand fracture – OUT), C Tristan Thompson (right ankle sprain – OUT), SF Cedi Osman (left hip strain – OUT), SG Rodney Hood (low back strain – questionable), Larry Nance Jr. (hamstring – questionable).

Trail Blazers injuries: None.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (jalfes18@jcu.edu).

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