Five Keys: Cavaliers at Nets

Key: No Sleep Til Brooklyn

Wednesday marks the first official road trip – (even though it’s just a two-gamer) – of the season, as the Cavs complete their mid-week back-to-back, taking on the Nets at the Barclays Center.

The Wine & Gold righted the ship after halftime last night, snapping a six-quarter funk that saw the Magic go wire-to-wire on Saturday night and the Bulls holding a double-digit lead through the first 24 minutes.

LeBron James, Kevin Love and the Cavs bench came up big after intermission and Cleveland got their first win over the year against the new Baby Bulls after dropping all four decisions to Chicago last year.

The Nets had no such luck against Tyronn Lue’s squad last year – dropping all three meetings and 10 of their last 12. And this year, the Cavaliers have some serious skin in the game, holding Brooklyn’s unprotected first round pick and looking to help pile up the loss total for a franchise that’s averaged just over 20 wins in the last two years.

The Nets have upgraded their talent, however, and despite losing Jeremy Lin for the season, still have some decent pieces that’ve gotten them to .500 ahead of tonight’s showdown with the Wine & Gold.

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