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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: The Cavs had off Monday, as did 28 of 30 NBA teams. But Kay Felder was assigned D-League ahead of the D-League playoffs (he'll play Wednesday for the Charge against Raptors 905) and LeBron has David Griffin's back when it comes to the Cavs' GM getting a contract extension.

LEGEND HAS IT: The Cavs face the Magic tonight in a game with sneaky important implications on the Eastern Conference playoff picture. If the Cavs win, they'll take back first place ahead of Wednesday's Cavs-Celtics showdown. If not, they'll be a game back. The Magic are also really bad, so this seems like a perfect setup for the Cavs. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

ALL DUE RESPECT: Like the Cavs, the Warriors, Celtics, Raptors, Wizards, Spurs, Jazz, Rockets and Clippers all had the night off.

The Cavs enter Tuesday a half game behind the Celtics, 2.5 games up on the Raptors and 3.5 games up on the Wizards. If the season ended today, the Cavs would face the Bulls in the first round. A win tonight would put the Cavs back in first.

JOB WELL DONE: Here's FTS' newest writer, Dylan Haies, on how we hold LeBron to a different standard.

Also: Subscribe to the Locked on Cavaliers podcast. Today's show recaps the latest Cavs news and previews tonight's game.

CROWN: Travis Scott previewed two songs with Quavo and they sound incredible. Jason Kipnis wrote an open letter to Cleveland baseball fans at the Players Tribune. Doris Burke bid farewell to covering the women's Final Four. The LA Times has a crazy good profile up on Devin Nunes, who is still a hometown hero. And The Ringer's Bryan Curtis profiled Dick Vitale.

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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