Cleveland enters the matchup hoping to end a three-game losing streak while Charlotte hopes to follow up on their win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday that snapped their 18-game skid.
The Cavaliers will be without starting center Anderson Varejao who will miss the contest with a right knee contusion, and reserve guard Daniel Gibson who continues to recover from a concussion. Neither traveled with the team.
When it comes to Cleveland’s ability to match up against opponents, there is never an issue. The Cavaliers are able to compete with some of the strongest teams in the league. The issue rests in the team’s ability to close out games. In 22 games this season, the Cavs have either led or trailed by no more than six points heading into the fourth quarter. Their 7-26 record reflects the outcome of the majority of the games.
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