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PREVIEW: Nance Jr., Clarkson return to Staples Center in Sunday night showdown

CLEVELAND – Larry Nance Sr. strolled through the hallway next to the Cavs’ locker room at Quicken Loans Arena, searching for his son, Larry Jr., after the Wine and Gold topped the Lakers by nine points on Dec. 14, 2017. It was a rare opportunity for the franchise legend, as that Thursday night marked Los Angeles’ lone visit to Cleveland, and one of Nance Sr.’s few opportunities to watch his son play on the professional stage.

Times have changed since then.

The two organizations made a trade on Feb. 8, bringing Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to Cleveland, and shipping Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and the Cavaliers’ 2018 first-round pick to the Lakers. For the first time, the contents of the blockbuster deal will square off against their former teams.

Cleveland and Los Angeles will meet for the second and final time of the 2017-18 campaign on Sunday evening at the Staples Center. While Nance Sr. lives in Ohio, he will have plenty more chances to see his son play at a closer proximity.

When: 9:00 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Online: FOX Sports Go

Radio: ESPN 710 AM, ESPN Deportes 1330 AM, WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM.

Cavs probable starters: PG George Hill, SG J.R. Smith, SF Jeff Green, PF LeBron James, C Larry Nance Jr.

Lakers probable starters: PG Lonzo Ball, SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF Kyle Kuzma, PF Julius Randle, C Brook Lopez.

Cavs injuries: PF Kevin Love (left hand fracture – OUT), C Tristan Thompson (right ankle sprain – OUT), SF Cedi Osman (left hip strain – OUT), SG Rodney Hood (low back strain – OUT), SG Kyle Korver (right foot bruise – questionable).

Lakers injuries: PF Channing Frye (appendectomy – OUT), SG Josh Hart (left hand/fourth metacarpal fracture – OUT), SF Brandon Ingram (left groin strain – 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 (jalfes18@jcu.edu).

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