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PREVIEW: Cavs look for turnaround amid three-game road trip

CLEVELAND – Although brief, the Cavaliers are in the midst of their worst stretch since Nov. 9, losing two of three games for the first time in nearly two months. The top scoring team in the Eastern Conference has a chance to bounce back against the lowest scoring team in the NBA amid a six-day, three-game trip on the West Coast.

Cleveland (24-10) will look to avoid a losing streak – which last occurred in late October – against the Kings (11-22) on Wednesday evening at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The Cavs are averaging 110.8 points per game on 39.9% shooting, while Sacramento is averaging 96.5 points per game on 37.9% shooting.

Despite a loss to the Warriors, the Wine and Gold has won 19 of its last 22 games without the services of two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas.

The Kings are still searching for an extended span of success, losing eight of their previous 13 contests.

When: 10:00 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 Jose Calderson, SG J.R. Smith, SF LeBron James, PF Jae Crowder, C Kevin Love.

Kings probable starters: PG George Hill, SG Buddy Hield, SF Garrett Temple, PF Zach Randolph, C Willie Cauley-Stein.

Cavs injuries: PG Isaiah Thomas (hip – OUT), PG Derrick Rose (ankle – OUT), SG Iman Shumpert (knee – OUT).

Kings injuries: C Harry Giles (knee – 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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