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PREVIEW: Red-hot Cavaliers look to extend 10-game streak in clash against ice-cold Grizzlies

CLEVELAND – The complexion of the Eastern Conference has returned to a familiar form, with the third-place Cavs riding a 10-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 11, and the first-place Celtics previously rattling off 16 straight victories from Oct. 20 to Nov. 20.

The complexion of the Memphis Grizzlies has turned to an unfamiliar form, with the firing of former head coach David Fizdale and an Achilles injury to Mike Conley transpiring amidst a chaotic, 10-game losing streak since Nov. 11.

Saturday evening presents a battle of two rosters trending in opposite directions.

Cleveland (15-7) and Memphis (7-14) will play the first of two matchups this season at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, a clash between arguably the hottest and coldest teams in the National Basketball Association.

When: 7:30 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.

Grizzlies probable starters: PG Tyreke Evans, SG Dillon Brooks, SF Ben McLemore, PF JaMychal Green, C Marc Gasol.

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

Grizzlies injuries: C Marc Gasol (foot – GAME-TIME DECISION), PF/C Brandan Wright (groin – OUT), SF Chandler Parsons (knee – OUT), PG Mike Conley (Achilles – OUT), SG Wayne Selden (quadriceps – 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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