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PREVIEW: Cavs, Lakers clash in prime-time matchup

CLEVELAND – The present and future generations of the NBA are set to square off on Thursday evening at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland (20-8) looks to win its 15th game over the last 33 days, as LeBron James gets his first taste of Lonzo Ball and the 2017-18 Lakers (10-16).

Despite rumblings of James potentially departing for Los Angeles at the culmination of the campaign – where he recently purchased a new mansion – both teams currently have their sights on gaining ground at the top and bottom of their respective conferences.

When: 8:00 p.m.


Online: FOX Sports Go

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

Cavs probable starters: PG Jose Calderson, SG J.R. Smith, SF LeBron James, PF Jae Crowder, C Kevin Love.

Lakers probable starters: PG Lonzo Ball, SG Josh Hart, SF Brandon Ingram, PF Larry Nance Jr., C Brook Lopez.

Cavs injuries: PF/C Tristan Thompson (calf – OUT), SG Iman Shumpert (knee – OUT), PG Isaiah Thomas (hip – OUT), PG Derrick Rose (ankle – OUT).

Lakers injuries: SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (personal – OUT).

John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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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