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Fear the Newsletter: The Cavs ended 2016 with a win

Even without Kyrie, Cleveland ended 2016 on a positive note.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

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: With Kyrie Irving out due to a hamstring tightness, the Cavs still rolled past the Hornets. On the season now, the Cavs are 3-0 against Charlotte and 13-2 against Eastern Conference teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today. That's pretty good!

LEGEND HAS IT: Cleveland has the first day of 2017 off before playing a home game tomorrow against Anthony Davis and New Orleans Pelicans. As for Irving, don't expect any updates on Irving's status until tomorrow. Ditto for Mike Dunleavy, who sat out Saturday with a ankle injury.

ALL DUE RESPECT: All of the Cavaliers' biggest competitors had last night off. But maybe we should add the Rockets to that lis, as they are the No. 3 team in the Western Conference. James Harden also became the first player ever to post a 50-15-15 line last night against the Knicks, so that’s neat.

JOB WELL DONE: Aside from our game recap, we posted on Kyrie's hamstring. Es todo.

Reminder: Locked on Cavs returns tomorrow with our weekly mailbag show. There's still time to submit questions to or to @lockedoncavs.

CROWN: ESPN's Brian Windhorst wrote about Kyrie Irving's improved assist totals. Luke Thomas' UFC 207 recap video is the best fight breakdown you'll watch today. Zach Harper wrote about Rudy Gobert making the Jazz great for The Step Back. VICE Sports' David Roth wrote about living through the NBA's renaissance. Lastly, MTV's Brian Phillips wrote about the year of the alt-right.

That's it for today. Drop your questions, comments and concerns to and have a great first day of 2017.