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Cavaliers Schedule 2012: Cleveland Aims For Consistency With Busy Week Ahead

On a crash course with the NBA Draft Lottery for another year, the 2011-12 NBA season just can't end soon enough for the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs still have to play seven times in 11 days before they can shift their focus to the offseason, as three games in four days are scheduled to be played this week alone. After a day off to get its bearings on Monday, Cleveland will make the short trip up to Motown for a divisional rivalry game with the Detroit Pistons.

From there, the Cavs will return home for a head-to-head battle with Philadelphia on Tuesday, and then will take a rest day before playing host to the New York Knicks on Friday to close out the work week. Currently huddled with three other Eastern Conference teams that all have similar records (Detroit, New Jersey, Toronto), the Cavaliers are in a position to affect their lottery chances over their final seven games.

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