Preview: Cavs have reason to roll vs. Suns

Sam Amico

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With a major injury and multiple issues, Suns offer Cavaliers shining opportunity to get things right.

Cavaliers (19-9) vs. Suns (12-20)

SITE: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix

TIPOFF: 9 p.m. EST

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

RADIO: Cavaliers Radio Network, WTAM 1100-AM (Flagship)

PROJECTED STARTERS

Cavaliers: C Timofey Mozgov; PF Kevin Love; SF LeBron James; SG J.R. Smith; PG Kyrie Irving.

Suns: C Alex Len; PF Jon Leuer; SF P.J. Tucker; SG Devin Booker; PG Brandon Knight.

INJURY REPORT

Cavaliers: None to report.

Suns: G Eric Bledsoe (knee) out; F Markieff Morris (suspended) out.

NOTES/THOUGHTS

It's true the Cavs have lost two in a row and looked awful at Portland the other night. But my heavens, the Suns are an absolute mess. … Let's start with the on-the-court stuff. The Suns have lost four straight, including Saturday's debacle at home to the lowly 76ers (who were without lottery pick Jahlil Okafor). … FYI: That was the Sixers' second win in 31 games, and first on the road. … There's more. … The Suns suspended forward Markieff Morris for two games for throwing a towel in the face of coach Jeff Hornacek. So Morris is out. … I'm old enough to remember when Robert Horry did the same to then-coach Danny Ainge. They too were both with the Suns. … So if there's one thing at which this franchise is apparently good, it's throwing in the towel. … Now, the Suns have lost guard Eric Bledsoe, who was off to a fantastic start alongside Brandon Knight. … Bledsoe's agent is Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron James and Tristan Thompson. ... So it was likely Paul who told ESPN that Bledsoe may not return until after the All-Star break. ... Anyway, the Suns also reportedly fired two of Hornacek's assistant coaches (against Hornacek's wishes). … OK, quickly on the Cavs: Sounds like Kyrie Irving will play after resting vs. the Blazers. … And after that horrendous showing, it sure would be nice to see LeBron, Kevin Love and the rest put the wounded Suns away early. … The Cavs are again slated to wear their Wine & Gold "Hardwood Classics" uniforms ... They're 0-2 in those outfits: Dropping the debacle vs. the Blazers and their lone home loss vs. the Wizards. ... I'll be joining Jeff Phelps and Campy Russell on the Cavaliers Live pregame show to talk early NBA surprises at 8:30 ET.

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