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Fear the Newsletter: The Cavs picked up a needed win

That and more in today’s newsletter.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-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: Perhaps predictably, the Cavs took down the 76ers Friday with ease. After the month the Cavs have had, it was just the type of performance they needed.

LEGEND HAS IT: The Cavs get today off before playing the Pacers tomorrow at home. Expect a quiet day and any news to break tomorrow before the game.

ALL DUE RESPECT: Raptors 111, Pacers 100. Celtics 117, Magic 116. Spurs 100, Thunder 95. Jazz 95, Wizards 88. Warriors 107, Rockets 98. The Clippers had the night off.

The Cavs enter Saturday a half game behind the Celtics and 2.5 games up on both the Wizards and Raptors. If the season ended today, the Cavs would face the Heat in the first round.

JOB WELL DONE: Here are the quotes from last night's game. Larry Sanders again played well in the D-League. And Kyrie is a troll. And catch me on the Limited Upside podcast talking the Cavs' many issues.

Also: Subscribe to the Locked on Cavaliers podcast. There's also a fun giveaway that has just a few days left.

CROWN: 538's Chris Herring covers the Cavs' struggles. The NYT's Marc Tracy went to Roy Williams' hometown. Teen Vogue's Jessica Luther on the gaps between men and women's sports. Complex's Russ Bengtson on the 'Royal' Air Jordan 1. And catch SB Nation's amazing MLB preview.

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

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