Preview: Cavs need win; Wolves often help

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LeBron James and Cavs undefeated vs. Andrew Wiggins.

Cavaliers (30-12) vs. Timberwolves (14-31)

SITE: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

TIPOFF: 7 p.m. EST

TV: FOX Sports Ohio (Cavaliers Live pregame at 6:30 p.m.)

RADIO: Cavaliers Radio Network, WTAM 1100-AM


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

Timberwolves: C Karl-Anthony Towns; PF TBA; SF Tayshaun Prince; SG Andrew Wiggins; PG Ricky Rubio.


Cavaliers: None to report.

Timberwolves: PF Kevin Garnett (knee soreness) out.


Nothing like a visit from the Timberwolves to cure what ails ya. … At least, new coach Tyronn Lue and the Cavaliers had better hope that is the case. … Read: It would be bad to lose to Andrew Wiggins at home two games after firing David Blatt. … Wiggins always gets fired up for the Cavs and has put together some of his most electric performances against them. … He's also 0-3 lifetime vs. Cleveland. ... One opposing GM told me the Cavs did the right thing trading Wiggins. "If (Cleveland) fans think they're not getting enough out of Kevin Love … (Wiggins) would average about 10 points on a good team like the Cavs. Plus, his focus and defense have slipped." … He doesn't pass or create well for others, either. ... Still, I personally believe Wiggins is a dynamite one-on-one player. ... I also think rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns is the biggest reason the T-Wolves have real hope for the future. … All is not well in Minnesota, either. Kevin Garnett blew off a question about coach Sam Mitchell's future. … Not that the over-the-hill Garnett has much of an NBA future himself. … Anyway, back to the Cavs. Boy, do they need this one. … LeBron James addressed Tyronn Lue's conditioning comments at shootaround before the game. James said it will take him less than a week to get in shape for the faster pace Lue is implementing. … Cavs fans were outraged following Saturday's loss to the Bulls in Lue's debut (here are my dribbles on the game), but everyone should relax a little. There are 40 more of these things and an entire postseason to go.