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
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).