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Fear the Newsletter: The Cavs hit threes in Atlanta

That and an update on J.R. Smith’s debut in today’s newsletter.

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NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-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: The Cavs blitzed the Hawks last night by hitting an NBA record 25 three-pointers in a 135-30 win. Kyle Korver received a standing ovation in his return to Atlanta, Kyrie Irving scored 43 points to go with 9 assists and LeBron James casually finished with 38 points, 8 assists and 13 rebounds.

In injury news, it sounds like J.R. Smith may be back soon. #PipeSZN

LEGEND HAS IT: The Cavs play Dion Waiters and the Heat tonight in Miami. No word let if LeBron or Kyrie will play after playing 39 and 36 minutes respectively. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. and the game airs on Fox Sports Ohio or NBA League Pass.

ALL DUE RESPECT: The Warriors and Rockets had the night off. The Spurs beat the Pelicans 101-98. The Jazz took care of business against the Nets. The Celtics blew out the Lakers. The Clippers lost on the road to the Bucks. The Wizards almost came back, but DeMar DeRozan and Norm Powell carried the Raptors to a victory.

JOB WELL DONE: The latest Locked on Cavs podcast covers three storylines to watch the rest of the season. FTS' Mike Zavagno put LeBron James' February in perspective. And here's what Andrew Bogut brings to the Cavs.

CROWN: Jeff Pearlman's Quaz Q&A with Dave Kindred is fascinating. The NYT's Mike Isaac has a damning profile of Uber. FanSided's David Ramil wrote a fun profile on Noah Kone, a friend and advisor to Terrance Ross. SI's Jonah Keri has his first power rankings of the season up. And the WaPo's Jorge Castillo profile Steven Strasburg's switch to exclusively pitching from the stretch.

That's it for today. Drop your questions, comments and concerns to christopherwmanning@gmail.com and we'll talk tomorrow after tonight's game.

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