Lakers ( 13-37) @ Cavaliers (31-21)

The winning streak is finally over for the Wine and Gold after losing to Indiana on Friday night. They now travel back to Cleveland to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. Although this year has finally brought back the coveted matchup between the Cavaliers and the Lakers, this time around one superstar will not be playing. Kobe Bryant reported to be out for the season, will obviously not be suiting up on Sunday. The Lakers are coming into Sunday’s contest in almost “tank mode” status. They are 1-9 in their last 10, and have battled injuries throughout the season. The Cavaliers 12 game winning streak started against those very same Lakers back in January, but Kobe played in that game.

Here are some things you need to know before watching:

Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers – Quicken Loans Arena

Game start: 3:30 P.M. EST. Cavs TV- Fox Sports Ohio. Lakers TV- TWC SN. National TV- ABC

Projected Starting Lineups

Cavaliers:

PG: Kyrie Irving: 21.8 PPG, 5.2 APG, 3.2 RPG, 46.6 % FG

SG: J.R. Smith: 12.1 PPG, 2.8 APG, 2.6 RPG, 41.0 % FG

SF: LeBron James: 26.1 PPG, 7.4 APG, 5.4 RPG, 49.2 % FG

PF: Kevin Love: 16.8 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.5 RPG, 42.2 % FG

C: Timofey Mozgov: 9.0 PPG, 0.5 APG, 8.0 RPG, 52.0 % FG

Lakers:

PG: Jordan Clarkson: 6.9 PPG, 1.4 APG, 1.8 RPG, 39.1 % FG

SG: Wayne Ellington: 8.9 PPG, 1.3 APG, 3.0 RPG, 44.3 % FG

SF: Tarik Black: 4.8 PPG, 0.4 APG, 5.1 RPG, 56.9 % FG

PF: Ryan Kelly: 4.5 PPG, 0.9 APG, 2.9 RPG, 33.8 % FG

C: Robert Sacre: 4.1 PPG, 0.7 APG, 3.4 RPG, 40.5 % FG

Matchup to watch for:

Although neither of these guards start, both are integral to their respective team. For the Lakers, shooting guard Nick Young, or how he dubs himself “Swaggy P.” Young has played quite an interesting role for the rebuilding Lakers. On the other side, Iman Shumpert, has created a defensive impact right away after being traded from the Knicks during early January. Both have been sidelined this year due to injury. Still, the two have come back to help the team out in any way possible. Both guards play their best on opposite sides of the basketball. Young can get buckets at will, while Shumpert is known for his perimeter defense. This should be interesting to see whose style prevails between the two quality bench players.

Injuries

Cavaliers:

  • Brendan Haywood: Day to Day
  • Anderson Varajao: Season

Lakers:

  • Jordan Hill: Targeting Feb. 17.
  • Kobe Bryant: Season
  • Julius Randle: Season
  • Steve Nash: Season

Game Notes

  • Lakers 1-9 in last 10.
  • Cavaliers 9-1 in last 10.
  • Cavaliers recent winning streak started against Lakers.
  • Cavaliers start two game home stand.
  • Only three games remain until All-Star Break.

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