For the Cavaliers, the early days of the Tyronn Lue era have been characterized mostly by steps forward, but also occasional small steps backwards. They had recently won five games in a row and it seemed like things were starting to click; then, on Wednesday night, they laid an egg in Charlotte. Now they'll look to get back on track when they host a surging Boston Celtics team.
Who: Celtics (29-22) at Cavs (35-13)
When: Friday, 7:30 pm Eastern
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Television: Fox Sports Ohio
Enemy blog: CelticsBlog
-Boston has been rolling of late. They've won seven of their last eight and ten of their last 13, and are now tied for third place in the East, after starting the year just 19-19.
-Some injuries: Matthew Dellavedova missed his second game of the season on Wednesday, but was hopeful he could play against the Celtics. For Boston, Jae Crowder has been battling a bruised shin, and he seemed to re-injure it late in their game on Wednesday night against Detroit, but he stayed in the game.
-As a team, the Cavs are making just 35.6 percent of their threes this season, which has them slightly outside of the top ten best three-point shooting teams in the NBA. Last season, they finished the year shooting 36.7 percent, tied for fifth in the league.
-A big part of the reason the Cavs have been shooting so poorly from deep: Kyrie Irving has been struggling to find his shooting touch since returning from injury. He's at 25.3 percent on three-pointers. LeBron James, of course, has been struggling with his shot all season, and he's at 27.1 percent from deep.
-This will be the start of a five-game homestand for the Cavs.