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Report: Cavs Big Three will play tonight vs Portland

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Tonight, the NBA’s defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers are slated for a match-up with the Portland Trail Blazers inside The Moda Center at 10:00 p.m. EST.

The main storyline heading into tonight’s bout has been the snowstorm that hammered America’s Northwest. In fact, so much snow accumulated, Portland had to shut their airport down last night. This caused quite an issue for both the Trail Blazers and the Cavaliers, as both teams are on back-to-back sets.

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Last night, the Cavs attempted to leave Utah after losing to the Jazz (100-92), but were delayed for two hours on the runway before being allowed to take off due to the inclement weather in Portland. After departure, the Cavs were re-routed to Seattle then bussed to Portland. After all of their delays in travel, the Cavs arrived in Portland at 5:15 a.m. EST.

The Trail Blazers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers last night inside The Staples Center (108-87), but they’ve had even more delays in their travels to Portland. The Blazers, who were also re-routed to Seattle, finally managed land safely at 3:55 p.m. EST today on a separate flight.

Despite all of the woes in travel, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin is reporting that Cleveland’s Big Three (LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love) will indeed play in tonight’s game.

The bad weather in Portland has led to a bit of a unique situation. Neither team has been able to prepare for tonight’s game as they normally would have. Routines are often a big element in the life of an NBA player, so we’ll see how all of this has affected them. It’s safe to say that the players will feel tired tonight, but they know what has to be done.

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