The Cleveland Cavaliers coudln’t get the job done in the In-Season Tournament’s group stage.
Donovan Mitchell missed some time, and things just didn’t go J.B. Bickerstaff’s team’s way in those matchups.
So, now that they’re not going to Las Vegas for the knockout stage, Evan Dammarell reports that the Cavs are set to host the Orlando Magic on December 6 and will then hit the road to square off vs. the Miami Heat a couple of days later.
Since they aren’t going to Las Vegas for the In-Season Tournament’s Final Four, the #Cavs will host the Orlando Magic on December 6 at 7:00 pm and face the Miami Heat on the road on December 8 at 8:00 pm.
Both games count toward Cleveland’s 82-game schedule.
— Evan Dammarell, Spotify Alchemist (@AmNotEvan) November 29, 2023
The Cavs entered the season with high hopes and expectations, so obviously, not making it to the tournament’s quarterfinals is a big blow.
On the other hand, there’s still plenty of basketball to be played this season, and they’re 10-8, so it’s not like they should sound off the alarms by any means.
That game vs. the Magic is going to be tough.
Orlando has been perhaps the most impressive team in the league thus far, with their young, up-and-coming core finding its groove and playing solid defense and free-flowing offense.
As for the Miami Heat, they’re also starting to find their groove after a slow start to the season, but there’s always the hope that they’ll rest Jimmy Butler, who often takes days off during the regular season.
Both of these games will count for the Cavs’ 82-game schedule, and they could both be potential previews of postseason matchups, so they should take them with that approach.
The East is tougher than ever right now, so they cannot overlook any of their direct opponents anymore.