Cavs To Open Season With West Coast Trip

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers will open next season with a three-game West Coast trip.

Then they'll return home and things will really get difficult, according to their 2002-03 schedule released Thursday.

The Cavaliers face the three-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in their home opener Nov. 5 at Gund Arena.

They'll be without coach John Lucas for their season opener Oct. 29 at Sacramento and the following night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Lucas will be serving a two-game suspension for including LeBron James, the nation's top high school basketball player, in a voluntary workout for players at Gund Arena.

Cleveland's longest homestands of the season are four games from Dec. 21-29 and Feb. 12-21. The longest road trip is six games Jan. 10-18 against the Lakers, Seattle, Portland, Golden State, Denver and Utah.

The Cavaliers will play 24 back-to-back games.

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