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PREVIEW: Cavaliers return home for Eastern Conference semifinals

CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers have never lost a postseason series after leading 2-0, going 15-for-15 and sealing their sizeable advantages with convincing victories.

The Raptors have been just as consistent throughout the 2017-18 campaign, never losing more than two consecutive games en route to the best record in the Eastern Conference.

A tightly contested battle figures to take place on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland and Toronto will meet for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals after head coach Tyronn Lue and company won Game 1, 113-112, and Game 2, 128-110, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

The Cavs have won eight straight playoff games against the Raptors, and they feature a dominant, 21-3 record in postseason contests at Quicken Loans Arena.

When: 8:30 p.m. ET


Online: Watch ESPN

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

Cavs probable starters: PG George Hill, SG Kyle Korver, SF JR Smith, PF LeBron James, C Kevin Love.

Raptors probable starters: PG Kyle Lowry, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF OG Anunoby, PF Serge Ibaka, C Jonas Valanciunas.

Cavs injuries: None.

Raptors 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 (

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