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PREVIEW: Cavaliers return home for Eastern Conference semifinals

Limiting turnovers

Taking care of the basketball has been the Cavaliers’ biggest adjustment from the quarterfinals to the semifinals. The roster committed 11-or-more turnovers in all seven contests against Indiana, but has committed five-or-fewer turnovers in both games against Toronto.

Cleveland has 113- and 128-point efforts and a 2-0 series lead courtesy of these low totals.

James, George Hill and Jordan Clarkson represent the Cavs’ primary ball-handlers, a trio that has combined for two turnovers throughout 164 minutes of playing time. Love has a team-high three turnovers, mainly because of Jonas Valanciunas’ interior presence with a seven-foot, 255-pound frame.

The Raptors have 24 turnovers, while the Cavaliers have eight turnovers. Head coach Dwyane Casey will need his lineup to level these numbers to avoid an early departure.

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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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