The Cleveland Cavaliers’ West Coast road trip continues with a second consecutive game in Los Angeles.
The Cavs’ first game in L.A. — a win over the Clippers that was driven by Cleveland’s defensive effort — was an impressive win that got Cleveland to 3-2 on the year. Considering this trip — featuring games against the Nuggets, Clippers, Lakers and Suns — was expected to be a challenge, this has been a nice run that gets the team going in the first direction early in the year.
Injury wise, the Cavs will be without Isaac Okoro for a second straight game due to a hamstring strain. What that means Cleveland’s rotation is unclear. Does it mean that Lamar Stevens will be minutes at the second straight game, largely at the expense of Cedi Osman? Or will J.B. Bickerstaff go in another direction altogether? Kevin Pangos is also out for the Cavs due to personal reasons. For the Lakers, LeBron James is listed as questionable among several other Lakers nursing with injuries.
All in all, this should be fun. And after this, there’s just one more late night Cavs game for the foreseeable future. Hurrah!