Preview: For Cavs, new streak can begin now

Sam Amico

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LeBron and the gang look to bounce back vs. struggling Trail Blazers.

Cavaliers (19-8) vs. Trail Blazers (11-20)

SITE: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.

TIPOFF: 10 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 Matthew Dellavedova.

Trail Blazers: C Mason Plumlee; PF Noah Vonleh; SF Al-Farouq Aminu; SG C.J. McCollum; PG Tim Frazier.

INJURY REPORT

Cavaliers: None to report.

Trail Blazers: PG Damian Lillard (foot) questionable.

NOTES/THOUGHTS

KyrieIrving is expected to sit out to rest, per an ESPN report. ... Makes sense, as Cavs are trying to monitor Irving's minutes as he plays his way back into game shape. ... The Cavs are coming off a hard-fought Finals rematch against the Warriors. The Blazers have been off since Wednesday. … The Cavs are on the road. The Blazers are not, and lost in Cleveland earlier this season. … Read: This is a dangerous game for the Cavs. … Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard is expected to miss his third straight games with with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. ... This is the second of a four-game Western swing for the Cavs. … They'd like to get three of them. They've already lost one. … Hopefully for their sake, they'll shoot the ball better than they did vs. the Warriors. It sure couldn't get much worse. … FYI: LeBron James plans to play even though it's the second night of a difficult back-to-back. … The Cavs aren't quite in a groove since Irving and Iman Shumpert returned from injuries. ... Their loss to the Warriors snapped a six-game winning streak. ... This would be a nice night for the entire team to put it together, go nuts and get a blowout win. … In case you missed my dribbles on the Warriors game, click this link. … Hope you all had an awesome Christmas.

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