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PREVIEW: Cavaliers set sights on 4th straight victory against slumping Suns

CLEVELAND – In a time of adversity, the Cavaliers have stepped it up and played their best basketball since the trading deadline.

Tyronn Lue is taking a break from his head coaching duties due to health issues.

Kyle Korver is away from the team to attend to a personal matter.

Larry Nance Jr., Tristan Thompson, Rodney Hood and Cedi Osman are battling injuries that have kept them sidelined for the majority of March.

Despite the unfortunate news, the Cavs have their sights set on a fourth straight victory against the Suns on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Phoenix has lost nine in a row and 19 of its last 20 games, giving it a 60.3 percent chance of landing a top-three pick and 22.5 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

LeBron James and Kevin Love are back together to spearhead Cleveland’s offensive production, while Devin Booker (right hand strain) and TJ Warren (left knee inflammation) have missed time over the last two weeks.

When: 7:30 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 Rodney Hood, SF LeBron James, PF Jeff Green, C Kevin Love.

Suns probable starters: PG Elfrid Payton, SG Devin Booker, SF Josh Jackson, PF Dragan Bender, C Alex Len.

Cavs injuries: C Tristan Thompson (right ankle sprain – active), SG Rodney Hood (low back strain – active), PF Larry Nance Jr. (right hamstring soreness – active), SG Kyle Korver (bereavement – OUT), SF Cedi Osman (left hip strain – OUT).

Suns injuries: SG Devin Booker (right hand strain – game-time decision), SF TJ Warren (left knee inflammation – OUT), PG Brandon Knight (left ACL tear – OUT), C Alan Williams (right meniscus repair – OUT), C Tyson Chandler (neck, shoulder – OUT).

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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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