When: Tue., Jan. 23, 7 p.m. 2018
LeBron James renews his one-man rivalry with the Spurs this week, flanked by some familiar faces that have relocated to Cleveland. The Cavaliers rocked the NBA landscape this summer, trading All-Star Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for sparkplug Isaiah Thomas and swingman Jae Crowder. Cleveland then signed former league MVP Derrick Rose, who took a 90 percent pay cut to join the Cavs, and followed that move by acquiring LeBron’s running mate in Miami, Dwyane Wade, a former NBA Finals MVP. Despite an abundance of veteran talent, it’s been a bumpy season for Cleveland, who trails Boston in the standings by a handful of games. The Cavs recently welcomed Thomas back from an extended layoff due to injury, and are seeking continuity of their own. San Antonio is no stranger to the injury bug, with Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay struggling through assorted maladies of their own. With the Spurs at less than full strength, expect James and Wade to excel in a revenge game.