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Cavaliers Vs. Lakers: Cleveland Is Ready For Showtime

For more on the Cleveland Cavaliers, go to Fear The Sword. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NBA hub at SBNation.com/NBA.

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After a nice win on Thursday night at the Phoenix Suns the Cleveland Cavaliers go for two straight Friday night in Los Angeles. The Cavs sit at 5-5 as they prepare to face the Lakers, and you always know what you're going to get when you play in L.A. Kobe Bryant has already had one 40 point night this week. he will definitely test Cleveland's 19th rated defense.

At 5-5, Cleveland is on the brink of an unexpected playoff spot. That means they might be buyers at the NBA's trade deadline as opposed to sellers, including O.J. Mayo as a target:

This is one of my favorites. Mayo has some obvious talent but doesn't really get good minutes in Memphis and is clearly underachieving. He is a restricted free agent after this season but probably wouldn't garner much on the market. I think he has some potential that could be accessed with a change of scenery and the necessary minutes. With the injuries to Darrell Arthur and Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies find themselves pretty thin on the frontline. This trade makes a ton of sense for both teams, in my opinion.

For more on the Cleveland Cavaliers, go to Fear The Sword. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NBA hub at SBNation.com/NBA.

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