Jun 25, 2014; Independence, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt speaks to the media at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers release 2014 preseason schedule

On Friday the Cleveland Cavaliers released their 2014 preseason schedule, which will begin on October 5. The Cavs will play three games at Quicken Loans Arena, two games at neutral Ohio sites and one game in Brazil. The highlight of Cleveland’s seven-game preseason stint is a meeting against the Miami Heat in Rio de Janeiro, LeBron James’s first game against his former team and the NBA’s second game ever in South America. The game also will mean a lot to Brazil native Anderson Varejao.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will get things started against head coach David Blatt’s former club, Maccabi Tel Aviv, on October 5 at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland’s seven-game preseason will wrap up on October 22 against the Memphis Grizzlies in Tennessee at FedExForum.

Here is the complete listing of the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014 preseason schedule with tipoff times and venues:

October 5 – vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) – Quicken Loans Arena – 6 p.m.

October 11 – vs. Miami Heat – HSBC Arena (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – TBA

October 14 – vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Quicken Loans Arena  – 7 p.m.

October 15 – vs. Indiana Pacers – Cintas Center, Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) – 7 p.m.

October 17 – vs. Dallas Mavericks – Quicken Loans Arena – 7:30 p.m.

October 20 – vs. Chicago Bulls – Schottenstein Center, Ohio State (Columbus, OH) – 7 p.m.

October 22 – at Memphis Grizzlies – FedExForum (Memphis, TN) – 8 p.m.

All of the Cleveland Cavaliers preseason games will broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio (television) and WTAM 1100 (radio). Cleveland will go up against three Central Division foes, as well as two Western Conference foes. Many Cavs fans are looking forward to seeing how the team, with an added veteran and superstar presence, will mesh together. Nothing is being handed to the Cavaliers this season and nothing will be guaranteed. The Cavaliers will start one of the most important seasons in franchise history at the beginning of October, but the real journey will begin at the end of the month. These seven games will not give a great indication of what we should expect this season, but they will be highly anticipated and heavily watched nonetheless.

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