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2018 Schedule
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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

A Cavs source tells ESPN that Kendrick Perkins' "weight and game look like his early OKC days" as CLE's G-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, signed Perkins on Monday. The Cavs believe Perkins can be a hybrid player/teacher for a team this season, in the mold of Nazr Mohammed, Nick Collison and Elton Brand. Cavs coach Ty Lue has discussed adding Perkins to his coaching staff should he not find a situation where he can play. Make no mistake, Perk prefers to play though. "After not playing a whole year, I think I did pretty well for myself in training camp and when my number was called," Perkins told ESPN at the conclusion of the Cavs' preseason. "I thought I came out and contributed and it felt good, man. It felt good."

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Nichols on Irving tribute: 'Put an end to the storyline' (1:48)
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5hDave McMenamin

JR Smith thinks LeBron will play, Lue unsure

According to JR Smith, LeBron James is 'going to play' in the Cleveland Cavaliers' regular-season opener against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics. James has missed four of the Cavaliers' five preseason games with a sprained left ankle.

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7hAdrian Wojnarowski

Sources: Perkins to join Cavs' G League team

Free-agent center Kendrick Perkins has agreed to a deal to join the Cleveland Cavaliers-affiliated Canton Charge of the NBA's G League, league sources tell ESPN. The Cavaliers waived Perkins after he spent the preseason on the roster.

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Smith is confident LeBron will play in opener (0:29)
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BPI likes Warriors' chances for a repeat

The Warriors head into Tuesday's season opener as the runaway favorites to win the NBA title, according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index. The Celtics are a distant second, followed by the Rockets, Cavaliers and Spurs in a three-way tie for third-best odds.

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8hChris Forsberg

Irving embraces Celtics culture, expectations

Kyrie Irving is embracing the expectations and culture of the Celtics, while downplaying his opening night matchup against the Cavaliers.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

JR says he has accepted his role. On LeBron playing: "oh he gonna go!"

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D-Wade calls out LeBron for being cheap (1:00)
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Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

LeBron is on the court. Still a game day decision.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James and three former Celtics (Jeff Green, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder) get up shots together a day before the Cavs play Boston.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Coach Lue says if LeBron doesn't play J R Smith will replace him.

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19hNBA on ESPN

NBA Yearbook: Class of 2018

See the smiling, shining faces of the NBA's superstars and supporting players like you never have before.

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1dDave McMenamin

Lue downplays Cavs' opener vs. Irving, Celts

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue on Sunday refused to place any added significance on Tuesday's season opener against Kyrie Irving and the Celtics.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Will former Boston Celtics wing Jae Crowder defend new Boston Celtics swingman Gordon Hayward when the Cleveland Cavaliers open up the season against Boston on Tuesday? "I expect to guard everybody on the floor," Crowder said. "That's just what I do."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jae Crowder says that Boston coach Brad Stevens' intelligence will thwart any major leg up he can provide the Cavs in terms of what to expect out of the Celtics in the opener: "I'm sure Brad is a smart guy, he's going to tweak a few things, he's a coach that coaches to the strength of his players, so things may change. But at the same time, I think the basic stuff they want to accomplish is going to be the same. Of course, we put in a game plan with those guys, but Brad is very intelligent, he's going to switch it up a little bit. For the most part we know what they want to accomplish on both ends of the court."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

How are the Cavs going to stop Kyrie Irving? "You want me to tell you? Really? Come on, man," said Tyronn Lue. "I'm not going to tell you. ... "He's still unstoppable. He's still the same player. Just with a different team. So, offensively, like I said before, he has no offensive weaknesses so that's all I can say."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue when asked why LeBron James' left ankle injury has lingered throughout training camp when James has been so resilient with injuries in the past: "He's getting older, like me. No, I don't know. It's just something he's been trying to work on. He tried to come back and play. I think he might have tweaked it again on that spin move and that might have set him back a little bit. So, I'm not quite sure."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on opening night: "The excitement and the energy is there, but I think everything extra has been created by outside influence."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward ready for opening night: "Lot of things happened this summer, lot of buildup, I'm just ready to get to the games. It's gonna be a fun matchup for sure."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens suggests that opening night lineup likely: Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford.

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Cavs fan Jason Day hyped for new season (1:04)

Team Stats

Points Per Game110.34th
Rebounds Per Game43.812th
Assists Per Game22.713th
Points Allowed107.220th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-1800.000
2016-175131.622
2015-165725.695
2014-155329.646
2013-143349.402

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