Cleveland Cavaliers at Portland Trail Blazers: preview of Game 28 – cleveland.com
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Cleveland Cavaliers (19-8) will try to bounce back in a hurry tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers (11-20) after suffering a tough Christmas Day loss.
Tipoff: 10 p.m. at the Moda Center.
TV/radio: FOX Sports Ohio; WTAM 1100, 87.7 La Mega.
Last game: In an NBA Finals rematch, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 89-83 on Christmas Day.
Primers: The Cavs gave the Warriors’ defense the day off.
Cavaliers’ probable starting lineup: 6-3 Kyrie Irving (10.0 ppg, 3.3 apg), 6-6 J.R. Smith (10.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-8 LeBron James (26.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 6.2 apg), 6-10 Kevin Love (17.2 ppg, 10.9 rpg) and 7-2 Timofey Mozgov (7.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg).
Trail Blazers’ probable starting lineup: 6-3 Damian Lillard (24.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.8 apg), 6-3 C.J. McCollum (20.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.0 apg), 6-9 Al Farouq-Aminu (10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg), 6-10 Noah Vonleh (3.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and 7-0 Mason Plumlee (9.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg).
Dec. 8: Cavaliers took down the Trail Blazers 105-100 at The Q.
Trail Blazers’ record last season: 51-31.
Key additions: Mason Plumlee, Al Farouq-Aminu, Noah Vonleh, Ed Davis, Gerald Henderson, Pat Connaughton, and Maurice Harkless.
Key losses: LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Robin Lopez, Steve Blake and Arron Afflalo.
Injuries for Cleveland: None.
Injuries For Portland: Damian Lillard (foot) is probable.
Cavaliers’ next opponent: The Cavaliers will get a much-needed day off before embarking on the final back-to-back of this four-game road trip. The Phoenix Suns are the opponent Monday, finishing with the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Both games will be a 9 p.m. tip on FOX Sports Ohio.