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Fear the Newsletter: The Cavs almost blew it

Today’s newsletters looks at Cavs-Celtics, talks Kyrie Irving and more.

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Here's today's Fear the Newsletter, where we will always try to set you up like Kyrie passing to LeBron off the glass.

TALK TO ME: So, that almost got ugly. The Cavs just barely held on against the Celtics last night after leading by as many 20. But don't fret: Cleveland picked up a win, Kyrie Irving's is only dealing with cramps and not an injury and and, as shown by CBS' Matt Moore, the Celtics really just kind of forgot that Kevin Love is really good. LeBron was also part of one craziest sequences I've seen in the NBA this year.

LEGEND HAS IT: The Cavs have off tomorrow before heading to Charlotte on New Year's Eve to face the Hornets. Expect some rest for most Cavs, as Tyronn Lue said Irving should play Saturday after the game. Kyrie, by the way, played 42 minutes and LeBron played 44. That's a bit too much.

ALL DUE RESPECT: The Celtics, of course, lost to the Cavs. The Warriors were off, as were the Spurs. The Raptors lost to the Suns on the road and on the second half of a back-to-back. Patrick Patterson, a key player for Toronto, also went down with a knee injury. The Hornets beat the Heat, but Kemba Walker did his best Nick Young impression.

JOB WELL DONE: Kay Felder balled out in the D-League and FTS recapped it. He then was recalled by the team before the Celtics game. Kyrie and Tristan Thompson also connected on a pretty slick alley-oop.

By the way: Kyrie had 12 assists against just four turnovers against Boston.

CROWN: The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks went deep into what makes Jimmy Butler so good. The NYT published a deep, long look at the relationship between Apple and China. Vulture looked at what has made DC Comics' 'Rebirth' such a success. SI profiled Lane Kiffin while he was house hunting, who is once again a head coach. Lastly, Complex's Angel Diaz wrote about the current state of sneaker culture.

That's it for today. Drop your questions, comments and concerns to and we'll talk to you tomorrow prior the Cavs' NYE party in Charlotte.