Fan Preview: Will Donald Sloan Lead the Cleveland Cavaliers Over Toronto?

With each passing game I slide further and further into becoming apathetic about the Cavaliers this season. As a fan, I will criticize but never bad-mouth. Rather than scream from the rafters about how poorly the team is playing as some may do, thinking their utter disdain will miraculously allow the team to start winning, it is best to step back and not care. The Cavaliers are an entertainment product after all, and at this point in time they are not entertaining.

When the Cavaliers face off against the Toronto Raptors on Friday, April 6 they will be facing a team that is barely superior from a statistical standpoint but have failed to beat in their prior three meetings this season. Led by new point guard Donald Sloan in Kyrie Irving's absence, this game will surely be one of the most exciting of the season!

The matchup:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre located in Toronto, Ontario on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

The standings:

Cleveland comes into the game having lost their last nine games and with a 17-35 record. They are 8-17 on the road and have won just one of their last 10 games.

Toronto enters the matchup having won their last three games and with a 20-35 record. They are 11-17 on their home court and have won five of their last 10 games.

The season series:

The season series currently stands at 3-0 in favor of the Raptors.

Where to watch:

The game can be watched live nationwide with NBA League Pass or—

In Cleveland: FSOH

In Toronto: TSN

The season statistic leaders:

Cleveland: Kyrie Irving- 18.8 points per game, Kyrie Irving- 5.7 assists per game, Anderson Varejao- 11.5 rebounds per game.

Toronto: Andrea Bargnani- 19.9 points per game, Jose Calderon- 8.9 assists per game, Amir Johnson- 6.6 rebounds per game.

Injuries to note:

Cleveland: Kyrie Irving (sprained shoulder), Anderson Varejao (broken right wrist), Daniel Gibson (foot surgery).

Toronto: Gary Forbes (knee), Jerryd Bayless (left oblique muscle).

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Sources:

All data provided by NBA.com

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Updated Friday, Apr 6, 2012