Cavaliers Schedule 2012: Cleveland hosts Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Hornets In Back-to-Back

The Cavs start the week against the Detroit Pistons before taking on the New Orleans Hornets.

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Cavaliers Schedule 2012: Cleveland Hosts Detroit Pistons And New Orleans Hornets In Back-to-Back

After Kyrie Irving drilled the game-winning free throws Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings, the Cleveland Cavaliers look to keep the momentum going heading into the All-Star break with two winnable games this week.

On Tuesday night, Cleveland hosts Detroit in a matchup of Central Division cellar-dwellers. Though the Pistons have won seven of their last nine contests, they still sit at the bottom of the Central Division with an 11-22 record. In their only bout of the season, Cleveland walloped Detroit, 105-89, though that win came in the first week of the season.

This time around, the Cavaliers will be without Anderson Varejao, who suffered a broken wrist on Feb. 11. Daniel Gibson is questionable for the game due to a sprained ankle he is recovering from.

The Cavaliers will welcome the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. The Hornets have won three consecutive games, but will be on the third night of back-to-back-to-back when they face Cleveland. New Orleans is on the road at Oklahoma City and Indiana before venturing to Cleveland.

For more on the Cavaliers, check out Fear The Sword. All your NBA news and analysis can be found at SB Nation's NBA hub SBNation.com/NBA.

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Cavaliers Schedule 2012: Cleveland Face Milwaukee And Philadelphia In Weekend Play

The Cleveland Cavaliers made it out of the week proper with a win and a loss, losing once again to the hated Miami Heat but beating the upstart Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavs have another back to back on the weekend, starting Friday when the Milwaukee Bucks come to town.

The Bucks are having an up and down season at 11-14 right now including three losses in their last five games. Their promising young player Brandon Jennings has provided some excitement as the season has gone along, but it looks like he might be on the fast track out of Milwaukee, leaving them back at square one if he bails. The Cavs and Bucks haven't faced off yet this season.

Saturday sees the Cavaliers welcome the Philadelphia 76ers into town. Philly have had a fantastic season so far, with basketball that hasn't looked so good in the city of Brotherly Love since Allen Iverson was still in his prime. At 18-8, you'll be hard pressed to find a team that's completed as good a turnaround in the lockout season as the 76ers. They even have their first all star since Iverson was on the team in 2006!

The 10-14 Cavaliers have quite a bit of work to do, but the game against the Bucks should be a good stepping stone for trying to eventually boost themselves to .500 basketball.

For more on the Cavaliers, check out Fear The Sword.

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Cavaliers Schedule 2012: Cleveland Face Tough In-Week Back To Back

The Cavs start the week against the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers before taking on Milwaukee and Philadelphia on the weekend.

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