Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 4

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cavs (3-0) host the Houston Rockets (2-1) at 6 instead of 7 at night, so everyone, including the basketball players, can enjoy Game 6 of the World Series.

What’s up with the Cavs: LeBron James’ Halloween party was Sunday. Kevin Love went as Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber. James was Jerome from the TV show Martin. Richard Jefferson was President Obama; James’ childhood friend and Cavs college scout Brandon Weems was O.J. Simpson. Yep, that’s about where we are with this season. This is Cleveland’s first 3-0 start since 2000.

Cavs injuries: None.

What’s up with the Rockets: They beat the Dallas Mavericks 93-92 Sunday night on a James Harden foul shot with .1 seconds left. Coach Mike D’Antoni is in his first season with the Rockets. Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson, Tyler Ennis, and Nene are also new to Houston. This is the first of a five-game road trip.

Rockets injuries: Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) is out.

Projected starters:


F LeBron James (21.0 ppg; 8.3 rpg; 10.0 apg)

F Kevin Love (20.0 ppg; 9.0 rpg; 1.3 apg)

C Tristan Thompson (4.3 ppg; 9.3 rpg; 0.7 apg)

G J.R. Smith (10.7 ppg; 2.7 rpg; 1.0 apg)

G Kyrie Irving (25.0 ppg; 4.0 rpg; 4.0 apg)


F Trevor Ariza (12.7 ppg; 5.7 rpg; 1.7 apg)

F Ryan Anderson (11.0 ppg; 7.3 rpg; 0.3 apg)

C Clint Capela (8.0 ppg; 9.3 rpg; 0.3 apg)

G Eric Gordon (17.0 ppg; 4.0 rpg; 2.3 apg)

G James Harden (29.3 ppg; 7.3 rpg; 10.7 apg)

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