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

  1. Revamped rotations looking to gel

Both teams have rolled out a wide array of starting lineups over the last month, with the Wine and Gold employing Jose Calderon in place of Derrick Rose in the backcourt, and Jae Crowder in place of Tristan Thompson in the frontcourt. While neither player has made a significant impact, the team is averaging 112.5 points throughout its unbeaten stretch, justifying the lineup and its ever-growing chemistry.

Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff immediately shuffled his first and second units upon taking over for Fizdale on Monday. Instead of keeping former starters Mario Chalmers at point guard and Chandler Parsons at small forward, he elevated Tyreke Evans to the point and Ben McLemore to the wing in an attempt to inject life into a group searching for answers. During that two-game span, Evans has tallied 25 points (10-for-24), six rebounds, nine assists and one steal, while McLemore has registered 24 points (8-for-18), five rebounds, one assist, one block and three steals.

Developing a sense of cohesiveness and rhythm will be a priority for the squads throughout December.

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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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