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Wizards at Cavaliers GameThread: Trey Burke plays in his hometown at 7 p.m. tonight

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2016-17 NBA Preseason
vs.
October 18, 2016
Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio
7 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports Ohio (Cleveland) ; Radio: WMMS 100.7 FM (Cleveland)
Projected Starting Lineups
Kyrie Irving PG John Wall
Iman Shumpert SG Marcus Thornton
LeBron James SF Kelly Oubre
Kevin Love PF Markieff Morris
Tristan Thompson C Marcin Gortat
2015-16 Advanced Stats
93.3 (28th)
Pace 98.5 (5th)
110.9 (3rd)
ORtg 105.3 (20th)
98.3 (4th)
DRtg 105.8 (14th)
Also see: Fear The Sword

The Cavaliers haven't played their starting lineup much so far in the preseason. In fact, they are heading into today's game on a three-game losing streak because they've been focusing more on resting up for the battle that is the regular season. In fact, LeBron James hasn't played at all yet.

That should end tonight though because they're playing on Ohio State University's campus. Since this is a special "home away from home" game for the Wine and Gold, I'd expect to see all of their regulars for some time for the Columbus and Ohio State fans out there.

The Cavs are being treated like royalty in Columbus. I mean ... Tyronn Lue got to hang out with the Buckeyes football team earlier today:

That said, this game is also a homecoming for Trey Burke, who is from Columbus. In fact, the Wizards practiced at his high school, Northland earlier this week. The boys and girls basketball teams were there to see him and his team practice. Afterwards, he gave a jersey to the school:

Though you can safely assume that most Northland students are fans of The Ohio State University when it comes to college sports (and Raptors forward Jared Sullinger is also a Northland alum), Burke decided to play for their arch rivals, the University of Michigan instead. While there, he led the Wolverines to a 2013 NCAA Championship game appearance and won the Naismith College Player of the Year award. Burke's college allegiance may have made a few folks a little unhappy, but I think things worked out for the best.

Anyway, here's hoping for a win for the hometown kid, Trey Burke that is.