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It will be another rebuilding year for the Cavaliers, so the most exciting thing on the 2019-20 home schedule may be the other team.
With that in mind, here are some of the highlights, as the NBA released the schedule Monday:
1. The Cavs begin the coach John Beilein era Wednesday, Oct. 23 on the road against the Orlando Magic, a playoff team last season with similarly high aspirations this one.
2. They open the season at home Oct. 26 vs. the Indiana Pacers.
3. Kemba Walker and the new-look Boston Celtics pay a visit to the newly minted Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
4. Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets visit Monday, Nov. 25. The Nets are Irving’s third team in four years and he has rarely played in returns to Cleveland.
6. The world champion (thought quite different) Toronto Raptors make their lone Cleveland appearance Thursday, Jan. 30.
7. Steph Curry and the revamped Golden State Warriors come to Cleveland two nights later, Saturday, Feb. 1. That will be the lone visit for the Warriors, who have advanced to the Finals five straight years, four of which came against the Cavs. But they are quite different today. The Cavs visit the Warriors on Wednesday, April 8.
8. The Cavs visit old friend LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, Jan. 13. They don’t host the Lakers until Thursday, March 26.
9. What will be at least equally as meaningful for most NBA fans are the matchups against Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavs host the Clippers on Sunday, Feb. 9. They visit the Clippers on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
10. The Cavs’ lone ESPN game takes place Friday, Nov. 8 at the Washington Wizards. All 82 games will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio.
Beilein and most the Cavs’ coaching staff are entirely new and with good health, the lineup may look different, too. Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman and rookie guard Darius Garland top the depth chart with training camp a little more than a month away.
You can view the Cavs’ complete 2019-20 schedule here.