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PREVIEW: Cavs, Wade meet again in Tuesday night clash

CLEVELAND – The closing moments of March 2017 were disastrous for the Cavaliers, as they lost three straight to the Wizards, Spurs and Bulls before eventually falling in the last four games of the campaign. The tide would turn in the postseason, but the team’s overall lack of momentum throughout the final stretch might have made the difference.

This year has been a different story.

Cleveland will look to extend its five-game winning streak against the Heat on Tuesday at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. A victory would complete the season sweep, and further the team’s late-season push to maintain the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Miami has dropped its last two contests at Oklahoma City and Indiana, but will return home for the first time in a week, where it features a 22-13 record. Head coach Erik Spoelstra and company are eighth in the conference, sandwiched between No. 7 Milwaukee (39-34) and No. 9 Detroit (34-40).

When: 8:00 p.m. ET

TV: TNT, 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 Calderon, SG George Hill, SF LeBron James, PF Jeff Green, C Kevin Love.

Heat probable starters: PG Goran Dragic, SG Tyler Johnson, SF Josh Richardson, PF James Johnson, C Bam Adebayo.

Cavs injuries: SG Kyle Korver (bereavement – OUT), SF Cedi Osman (left hip strain – OUT), PF Jeff Green (illness – active).

Heat injuries: C Hassan Whiteside (strained left hip flexor – OUT), SG Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery – 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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