Cleveland Cavaliers: The Week Ahead

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Mar 23, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack (1) shoots the ball during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Cavaliers won 106-100. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Starting tonight, with a visit from the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers start a crucial stretch of games while they await the return of Kyrie Irving.  In all likelihood, the Cavaliers season is effectively over.  With only 11 games remaining on the season (less than every Eastern Conference team except for the Orlando Magic), and sitting 5.5 games outside of the playoffs, there isn’t much left to play for in Cleveland.  ESPN is currently giving the Cavaliers only 1.1 percent chance of making a late comeback and earning a playoff appearance.

With 1.1 percent odds, each game matters all the more, and brings some interesting matchups for Cleveland.  With four games in six nights, the depth of the Cavaliers will be tested.

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