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Fear the Newsletter: The No. 1 seed is on the line tonight

That and more in today’s newsletter.

NBA: Orlando Magic 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: In Kyle Korver's return, the Cavs took down the Magic for their third straight win. The team was especially good during the third quarter. But Tristan Thompson did sprain his thumb.

LEGEND HAS IT: The Cavs face the Celtics tonight in a game that will likely decide the No. 1 seed in the East. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Tristan Thompson, however, won't play.

Also, the Canton Charge start their D-League playoff series against Raptors 905, the Toronto Raptors' D-League affiliate, at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

ALL DUE RESPECT: Wizards 118, Hornets 111. Pacers 108, Raptors 90. Spurs 95, Grizzlies 89. Jazz 106, Trail Blazers 87. Warriors 121, Timberwolves 107. The Rockets, Celtics and Clippers all have the night off.

The Cavs enter Wednesday ahead of the Celtics by virtue of currently winning the tiebreaker. The Cavs are 3.5 games up on both the Wizards and Raptors. If the season ended today, the Cavs would face

JOB WELL DONE: LeBron is downplaying the Cavs' game against the Celtics.

Also: Subscribe to the Locked on Cavaliers podcast. Today's show recaps Cavs-Magic and looks ahead at Cavs-Celtics.

CROWN: Consider this Tampa Bay Times investigation. SB Nation's Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller debate the MVP race. S/o to Frank Kaminsky. The Ringer's Allison Herman on what Big Little Lies can teach the rest of TV. VICE's Adam Mares went deep on the Cavs' defense. And the New Yorker's Ben Taub on the journey of a trafficked girl in Nigeria.

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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