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5 Important Early Games On Cleveland Cavaliers 2014-15 Schedule

Cleveland Cavaliers 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Important Early Games

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The Cleveland Cavaliers schedule will take on more significance this year than it has in recent memory. Since the return of LeBron James makes them automatic NBA championship contenders, every game will be watched with intense scrutiny. Here are five big games that will gauge the Cavs' standing early in the season.

5. New York Knicks (Opening Night)

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5. New York Knicks (Opening Night)

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The first time the new and improved Cavaliers step on the court will be something the world is waiting to see. Needless to say there will be a pressure on Cleveland they've never felt before, and the way they respond could dictate their mindset moving forward. And let's not forget they are playing against Carmelo Anthony, who can go off without notice.

4. Portland Trail Blazers (Game 3)

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4. Portland Trail Blazers (Game 3)

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The Cavaliers will play three of their first four games on the road to start the season. One of those road games will be an early challenge from one of the premier teams in the league. The Portland Trail Blazers and young talent Damian Lillard feel they belong among the NBA's elite. They will get their chance to prove themselves against the Eastern Conference favorites.

3. Washington Wizards (Game 11)

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3. Washington Wizards (Game 11)

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The Washington Wizards have quietly become a serious contender in the East. With the addition of Paul Pierce, the decline of the Indiana Pacers and the power shift from the Miami Miami Heat, the Wizards are in prime position to strike. This will be an early measuring game for both the Cleveland and Washington.

2. Chicago Bulls (Game 2)

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2. Chicago Bulls (Game 2)

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Both teams have added pieces to get closer to the ultimate goal. Both teams are hungry for different reasons. Derrick Rose is out to prove he is back for good, and Pau Gasol wants a fresh start with a new team. James, Irving and possibly Kevin Love are all looking to prove they can play together and most importantly win together. This will be a likely preview of the Eastern Conference Finals.

1. San Antonio Spurs (Game 10)

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1. San Antonio Spurs (Game 10)

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James and the Cavs get their first shot at the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs within the first ten games of the season. The first meeting between James and the Spurs since the NBA Finals is sure to be a mental test for the King as he seeks redemption. This will be the Cavs' best opportunity to see where they stand early at home.