Cavs release first half of 2020-21 NBA schedule

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The first half of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2020-21 schedule has been announced, with their season set to tip off on Dec. 23 against the Charlotte Hornets.

The late start of the upcoming season has resulted in a compressed schedule that will have teams facing each other in a number of consecutive matchups over the course of the season.

For the Cavaliers, the first time they take part in this unique scheduling will be Jan. 4 and Jan. 6 against the Orlando Magic.

The Cavaliers will have their first opportunity to face former Cavs big man Tristan Thompson, when the Cavs take on the Boston Celtics on Jan. 24.

The Cavaliers are hoping to have a breakthrough season this year after two consecutive 19-win seasons. The opening matchup against the Hornets will mark the first meaningful game the Cavaliers have played since this past March.

That abrupt ending came as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that continues to remain an issue. When the NBA resumed play in July, the Cavaliers were one of the teams who were not selected to play within the NBA bubble concept in Orlando, Fla.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.