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).