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Cavs vs. Pelicans is a big game because of Zion

Tuesday also marks the first played in Cleveland since Kobe Bryant’s death.

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This week’s Cavs-Pelicans game in Cleveland is going to be a massive game for two reasons.

First, it’s the first game played in Cleveland since Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other human beings died on Sunday near Los Angeles. Kobe was not synonymous with the Cavs in any specific way, but is a league icon and beloved by so many players on the team. Larry Nance Jr., for instance, played with Kobe in Bryant’s last year. Kevin Love played in the Olympics with Kobe. And every player on the roster, in some way, has a deep connection to Kobe and a deep respect for his game and what he brought to it. It is unclear as to what the team has planned for Tuesday, but there will be something.

Second, this is the first game Zion Williamson will ever play in Cleveland. The No. 1 pick from June’s draft is probably the most hyped prospect to join the NBA since a certain player from Akron joined Cleveland way back in 2003. His first game here is going to be a spectacle and worth being in person for.

It’s somewhat cliche to say, but there will never be a game exactly like this played again considering the circumstances around Bryan’s death and what Williamson already is.

To grab tickets for this game, check out the ticket offerings on StubHub.

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