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Brooklyn Nets at Cleveland Cavaliers Live Game Thread: Looking for a ‘W’ heading into All-Star Break

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WHO: Brooklyn Nets (29-29) at Cleveland Cavaliers (12-45)

WHAT: The Nets are heading into the All-Star Break looking for some momentum, while the Cavs are looking to keep pace with the Knicks in the Zion sweepstakes.

WHERE: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST

HOW: YES, FSO; NBA League Pass

THE STORY: Game Preview

Kevin Love has made a couple of sporadic appearances, playing in two of Cleveland’s last three games. Getting him back will be nice, but the league-wide rhetoric surrounding him has been confusing to say the absolute least. Cleveland locked him up to a 5-year $113 million contract that even at the time left me scratching my head. This team was clearly going to be bad in the post-LeBron era and Kevin Love, even prime Kevin Love, wasn’t going to fix that. What confuses me even more now is how people seems to think he’s a trade chip for this team in some capacity. Even before the injury that contract felt untouchable, but now he’s missed significant time, he’s over 30, and he’ll be making $28.9 million when he’s 34. No thanks!

Back to Brooklyn, seeing Caris LeVert play crunch-time minutes in Toronto was more than encouraging. He was holding his own and even if he wasn’t being called upon to make big shots at the end of the game, he didn’t look or feel out of place or overwhelmed. It was his second game back. If anyone is going to keep defying our expectation for a player coming back from a rough injury, it’s Caris LeVert. BREAKOUT!

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