INDEPENDENCE — And then there were two.
A year after appearing in the maximum 25 games on ABC, ESPN and TNT, the Cavaliers have just two nationally televised games on their 2010-11 schedule released Tuesday.
With LeBron James having departed for Miami, Cleveland’s Dec. 2 home game against the Heat will be shown on TNT, while its March 6 home game against New Orleans is scheduled to be televised on ESPN.
A third game, at Phoenix on Jan. 9, will be shown on NBA TV.
A year ago, the Cavaliers had five games on ABC, 10 each on ESPN and TNT and the maximum nine on NBA TV.
On a positive note, the Cavaliers will open their season at Quicken Loans Arena for the sixth time in seven years when they take on Boston on Oct. 27.
It will be the third straight year Cleveland has opened against Boston, which will begin its season the night before by hosting James and the Heat.
As always, the Cavaliers will play each Western Conference team once on the road and once at home and all Eastern Conference teams four times, with the exception of Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte and Toronto, whom Cleveland will play three times.
The two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will make their lone appearance at The Q on Feb. 16.
Other schedule highlights include 18 weekend games (six on Friday, five on Saturday and seven on Sunday) and a season-high eight-game homestand from Feb. 9 to March 2. Though sandwiched around the NBA All-Star break, it will be Cleveland’s longest homestand since 1994-95.
The Cavaliers’ longest road trip will be five games, from Jan. 7-15, while 19 of their final 30 games will be at home.
There are 22 sets of back-to-back games. Six are home-road, eight are road-home and eight are road-road.
The Cavaliers will play four games in five nights on four occasions. They will also play five games in seven nights on four occasions.
Season tickets are now on sale, while partial season-ticket plans will go on sale Tuesday. Single-game seats will be available closer to the start of the regular season.
For more information, call (800) 820-CAVS.
Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.