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Game Thread: Mavericks (24-8) at Cavaliers (8-25)

Who: The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Dallas Mavericks

What: A contest between invalids...

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

When: 6:00pm CT (it's an early one, folks)

How: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | FSO | WTAM | KESN

The Story: The Mavericks have lost a season-worst 3 games in a row, each time without one more player. First we lost Dirk Nowitzki, then Shawn Marion was out with a thigh contusion, and now we've lost Caron Butler to a torn patellar tendon. The only upside? The Cavaliers are just as short-handed. Below the jump are some previews. Despite their record, should we, in fact, Fear The Sword?

Mavericks-Cavaliers Preview
The injuries are piling up for both Dallas and Cleveland, but the absences of three key players can't make the results any worse for the Cavaliers. The short-handed Mavericks, meanwhile, have stumbled to a season-worst three-game losing streak they'll hope to halt Sunday night in Cleveland - perhaps without Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and Caron Butler.

Inside Report: Mavericks-Cavaliers Preview

Both the Mavericks and Cavaliers enter their Sunday evening matchup without three of their core players. But even without three All-Stars the Mavericks believe that they will have enough to claim a win in Cleveland.