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2012-13 Cavaliers Schedule To Be Released Thursday Night

The Cleveland Cavaliers' 2012-13 schedule will be released Thursday evening.

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All 2012-13 NBA schedules, including the Cleveland Cavaliers', will be announced at 7 p.m. Eastern Thursday night.

The Cavs' first preseason game, Oct. 9 against the Milwaukee Bucks, has already been announced.

If the pattern holds, expect Cleveland to have an early-season contests with the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics. In the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, Cleveland opened with Boston and then played Toronto in Game 2. The Cavs have played Toronto either first or second in each of the past three seasons.

Cleveland will field a young squad heading into 2013. Between Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller, the Cavs will have four first- or second-year players who figure to log big minutes.

After suffering a fractured hand this summer, Irving is expected to be ready for the beginning of the season.

Check back in with SB Nation Cleveland Thursday for an update on the Cavs' schedule.

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