The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to end a four-year postseason drought in 2021-22.
In 2021-22, most Cavaliers games will be televised in local markets on Bally Sports Ohio, while some games will be nationally televised on NBA TV (may be out of market only, but those will also be on Bally Sports Ohio), TNT or ESPN.
But if you don’t have cable, here’s a guide on how you can watch a live stream of every Cavaliers game live online in 2021-22, including options for both in-market and out-of-market viewers:
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If You’re in the Cavaliers Market
This is the only streaming service that includes Bally Sports Ohio
DirecTV Stream has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” ESPN and TNT are included in all of them, while Bally Sports Ohio (live in local markets) and NBA TV are included in “Choice” and up.
You can sign up right here:
Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch every Cavaliers game live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Stream website.
If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Stream also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to unlimited hours).
If You’re Out of the Cavaliers Market
Note: This is ultimately the same as regular NBA League Pass (more info on that below), but with this option you’ll be able to watch games on the Amazon app, which tends to be available on more devices than the NBA app
Amazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch every out-of-market NBA game via Prime Channels. You can try both Amazon Prime and the NBA League Pass channel at no cost with a free trial:
Once you’re signed up for the Prime NBA League Pass channel, out-of-market viewers can watch Cavaliers games live or on-demand on the Amazon Video app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, various smart TV’s, Xiaomi, Echo Show or Echo Spot, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.
You can also watch on your computer via the Amazon website.
Again, this is mostly the same as the Amazon Prime option above, with the big difference being you’ll watch on NBA’s platforms rather than Amazon’s:
Once signed up for NBA League Pass, out-of-market viewers can watch Cavaliers games live or on-demand on the NBA app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or 5, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, Android tablet or other compatible device.
You can also watch on your computer via the NBA website.
Cavaliers Season Preview 2021-22
Though the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the 2020-21 campaign with a three-game winning streak, the season went downhill quickly, resulting in a 22-50 finish.
With that mark came the third overall pick in this year’s draft, which they’d spend on long, athletic seven-footer Evan Mobley. The former USC Trojans big man should prove a valuable target for young, promising guards Darius Garland and Collin Sexton, as well as for Ricky Rubio, a free-agent signee embarking on his 11th NBA season.
“He has a lot of potential,” Rubio said of Mobley, according to Cleveland.com. “You can throw the ball up high and he’s going to make you look good. We’re going to keep looking for him.”
The point guard added: “He can impact both ways at a high level. We’re expecting him to be that type of player. But we have to help him get there.”
Mobley led the Trojans to the Elite Eight last season, averaging 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.9 blocks per contest for the year while shooting 57.8 percent.
“Overall, I bring versatility,” Mobley said, according USA Today. “I feel like that is one of my strong suits so I can be a center or a power forward. I can play on the wing a little bit. I feel like that’s where I’m going to be most of this year, probably playing inside and outside.”
Mobley joins a power forward and center rotation in which the team has invested heavily: Kevin Love, who plays both spots, has two years remaining on a five-year, roughly $113 million contract; center Jarrett Allen, acquired in a midseason trade last year, agreed to a five-year, $100 million pact in August; and Lauri Markkanen, a pure power forward throughout his short career, joined the Cavs on a four-year, $67 million deal later that month.
That depth up front means Markkanen, who’s hit 36.6 percent of his career 3-pointers while firing 7.4 of them per 36 minutes, could see time at small forward, a situation head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he was “extremely comfortable” with days before the campaign.
“Watching him in practice and seeing how well he moves his feet defensively and all those things, it’s one of those things where I believe he’s one of our best players,” the coach said, per Cleveland.com. “We have to do what we can to get him on the floor so he can help us. You see the strength of our bigs and the fact that they are so versatile and they can play next to each other, you can get them out there on the floor.”