Preview: Cavs must focus solely on Knicks

Sam Amico

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Cleveland wraps up three-game homestand before heading out West.

Cavaliers (18-7) vs. Knicks (14-15)

SITE: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

TIPOFF: 7 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.

Knicks: C Robin Lopez; PF Kristaps Porzingis; SF Carmelo Anthony; SG Aaron Afflalo; PG Jose Calderson.

INJURY REPORT

Cavaliers: PG Mo Williams (thumb) questionable.

Knicks: SF Carmelo Anthony (ankle) questionable; C/F Kyle O'Quinn (finger) questionable.

NOTES/THOUGHTS

Kyrie Irving's season debut went mostly well (especially in the second half), and the Cavs may have their full complement of players just in time for the Warriors on Christmas Day. … Of course, the Cavs better not look past this one. … No, really. The Knicks are better. … Mo Williams may or may not return before the Cavs hit the West Coast for four games. Sounds like a game-time decision. … Meanwhile, a sprained ankle could keep Knicks star Carmelo Anthony on the sidelines, too. Anthony said he wants to give it a go, though. We shall see. … As I wrote in my latest dribbles, a quick look at the numbers helps explain why the Cavs are riding a five-game winning streak. … Again, LeBron James and coach David Blatt will need to keep the Cavs focused. They're not as over-the-top fired up about the Warriors as the media and fans, but they are indeed looking forward to it. … The Warriors face the Jazz on Wednesday, and could improve their home record to 13-0. … That would be the best home start in franchise history. … Read: The Cavs stand a better chance to win on Christmas if the Warriors win Wednesday. … Did I say something earlier about not looking ahead? … See? It's easy to do. And the Cavs must avoid it. ... Basically, the Knicks would love nothing better than to get back to .500 while sending the Cavs out West on a losing note.

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