Nov 9, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) react after Irving

Game 52: Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers Preview

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LAST TIME OUT

What do you know? The Cavaliers (20-33, 7-20 away) are actually on a roll for the first time in probably the past three seasons. After defeating the Wizards, Grizzlies, Kings and Pistons, the Wine & Gold went into the All-Star Break with high hopes of breaking out of the funk that the team has been in since the start of 2013. Following the lowest point of their season – a six-game skid that brought about everything from rumors of players being unhappy to the firing of Chris Grant – Cleveland has now somewhat turned the corner. But can they keep it up? The previous four wins have shown me that yes, they can. They’ve been winning close games (Washington, Memphis), winning games with offense (Washington) and grinding out teams the Mike Brown way with defense (Detroit, Memphis, Sacramento). Sitting three games out of a playoff spot, the Wine & Gold will now enter post All-Star break play on the road.

THIS TIME UP

The Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers

Record: 15-39 (8-18 home)

Tipoff: Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. – Wells Fargo Center

Where you can watch: Fox Sports Ohio/NBA League Pass

Where you can listen: WTAM 1100

Previous Matchup: 111-93 Cavaliers win at Quicken Loans Arena – Jan. 7

Opponent’s Blog: The Sixer Sense

Injury Report

76ers: None

Cavaliers: Anderson Varejao (OUT, back/general soreness)

Kevin Grow: THIS Is Important

Every time you hear a story like this one, your heart has to melt. Kevin Grow, a high schooler growing up in the Philadelphia area who has Down syndrome, was signed to a two-day contract by the 76ers on Monday. What an incredibly awesome gesture. Grow has competed as a member of his high school’s basketball team before, but now he is headed to the big leagues. He will compete with the team in pregame activities and will stand with the 76ers during the national anthem. Kudos to you, 76ers organization.

Six Steps Backward, Four Steps Forward, Now What?

If this team wants to avoid disaster for the rest of the season, then every step needs to be forward in some type of way. No one who has watched this team has a clue what you can expect from the Cavs on a daily basis. Now at the most important stretch of the season, the Wine & Gold will begin on the road to define themselves as a winning squad or losing team. Against a bottom feeder like Philadelphia, it is EXTREMELY important that Tuesday night is a step forward

Kyrie’s Time To Shine

Kyrie Irving has had his fair share of problems this season, but let’s use his recent All-Star success to throw everything that has happened bad to Irving this season (headlines, especially) to put the awfulness behind us. We know what he’s capable of, now let’s just hope it’s here to stay.

Prediction

Like I’ve mentioned a few times in this post, I think the leaf has finally turned over for the Wine & Gold faithful. I’m saying that Cleveland wins comfortably by double digits.

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