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NBA East preview: Favored Cavaliers will need time to get healthy

NBA East preview: Favored Cavaliers will need time to get healthy

Any team in the Eastern Conference looking to stop LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers from reaching the NBA Finals again better be prepared to compete at a high level against King James and his talented teammates, particularly Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

But the Cavaliers are dealing with some injuries, so all is not lost for hopeful contenders Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, Miami, and Washington — if they can jump on Cleveland early.

Irving could be out until January recovering from surgery on a fractured left kneecap that he suffered in the NBA Finals. Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert will also be sidelined until January after surgery on his right...

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