1. Cavs vs. Best of the West
This game offers yet another test against the best the West has to offer, and the Cavaliers will try to prove that the third time is the charm. They've lost to both the Warriors and Spurs this season, the last two teams to beat LeBron in the NBA Finals, and while the loss to Golden State on Christmas Day actually left the Cavs feeling positive (they were the first team in the league to hold the Warriors to under 100 points this season), they need to prove that they can beat these guys again, especially now that they're fully healthy.
2. Calling on Kyrie!
Irving was back in the lineup for the first meeting on Christmas Day but was far from being at 'Kyrie speed'. He scored only 13 points in 26 minutes, as he worked his way back into All-Star shape. Kyrie looks like he may finally be there, dropping a game-high 23 in the blowout win over the Rockets on Friday night.
3. Extra Curry?
The best shooter on the planet wasn't himself in the first meeting with the Cavs, scoring only 19 points, 11 below his average. But in two of the Warriors' past three games, the reigning league MVP has thrown down 38. Interestingly, the Warriors lost both of those games, including Saturday night in Detroit. They're coming to town looking to get back on track, which sounds bizarre, since we're talking about a team that's won 37 of 41 on the season.
4. Blatt's rotations
The Cavs' head coach has made some interesting moves this season, as he continues to tweak what he believes will work in the long run. He's benched Timo Mozgov in favor of Tristan Thompson, gone back to Mozgov, and forgotten about Andy Varejao. Nobody's going to put too much into Monday night's chess match with Golden State's interim head coach Luke Walton. It's January 18th. But Blatt needs to keep his team clicking against the top competition.
5. Home Sweet Home
The Cavaliers, who've won 9 of their past 10, including a 5-1 run on a tough road trip, are 15-1 on their home court this season. The only loss? A December 1st stumble against the Washington Wizards. Tonight, they'll honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. at halftime, and then try to send their fans home happy again with yet another home win, their biggest of the season.
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