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

Exploiting Suns’ weaknesses

Cleveland has won five in a row vs. Phoenix, the latest being a 129-107 blowout on the road on March 13. James and Korver combined for 50 points on 13-of-21 (61.9 percent) shooting from the field and 18-of-20 (90 percent) shooting from the free-throw line, and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 23 points – including a season-high six treys – off the bench.

With the statuses of Booker and Warren – the best players on the Suns – still up in the air, the one-sidedness of the matchup could continue.

Head coach Jay Triano has a roster with the worst three-point percentage (33.5 percent) and the worst defensive rating (110.9) in basketball. If the numbers hold true, the Cavs would be wise to sag off opposing shooters around the perimeter, and take advantage of lapses in the opposing defense for all 48 minutes.

Also of note, the Cavaliers tallied 12 steals and nine blocks in the previous meeting.

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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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