CLEVELAND, Ohio — Donovan Mitchell and the Cavaliers will attempt to sweep LeBron James for the first time in franchise history when the Lakers come to Cleveland Tuesday night. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
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The Cavaliers underperformed in shooting in their 92-81 loss at the Knicks on Sunday. The Lakers are on a three-game winning streak, including a 130-119 win in Washington in their last game.
who: Los Angeles Lakers (10-12) at Cleveland Cavaliers (15-9).
When: Tuesday, December 6, 2022.
time: 7:30 p.m. East.
Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland (19,432).
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Latest line: Cavaliers -5.
announcer: Brian Anderson, Stan Van Gundy, and Jared Greenberg.
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Read some of what cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor wrote about the Cavs trying to play through a travel crackdown.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had drawn within six points when Evan Mobley pulled two defenders on the rim and fired a pass at Cedi Osman, who then turned the ball to Kevin Love near the top of the arc. Love used his go-to move, the same one he practices every day. He hit Knicks forward Julius Randle with a nifty pump fake that sent the defender flying past. Then Love kicked to the left with a live dribble, creating more space to launch a 3-pointer that could have made it a one-ball play.
There was no shot attempt. The whistle sounded. Love was called for a journey. It was his third offence, and the eleventh trip, to be called in Sunday’s game.
Rock solid love was amazed. He simulated the maneuver several times, checking his footwork again and again before reluctantly handing the ball over to the referee.
“This is crazy,” Osman blurted out as the discussion arose in the locker room after Cleveland’s 92-81 loss to the Knicks on Sunday night. “Kev has been doing this for 15 years.”
But as Sunday showed, the league-mandated crackdown on travel is here – and it’s real. During the whistle-fest that made it difficult for both teams to find an offensive rhythm, the Cavs and Knicks were called out for 14 combined travel and carry violations — the most in an NBA game this season and the most since March 2007.
The Knicks have committed eight trips while the Cavs have been refereed for five. The rare palming injury went to star guard Donovan Mitchell late in the third quarter.
The new accent was one of the main themes in the Madison Square Garden visitors’ dressing room, both public and private.
“Never in my life. Never in my basketball career, never in elementary school,” point guard Darius Garland said when asked if he’s ever attended a game with that much travel. “You’re looking for that. Focus this season . Just watch your feet. I need to get back to basics I guess. Stop on two. Swivel foot. I don’t know what else to say.”
Garland wasn’t the only one who bit his tongue. Mitchell said he had never seen anything like Sunday and decided not to broach the subject.
“I’ll just leave it at that,” Mitchell said with a smile.
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