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Nets, Cavs clash in ‘Paris Game’

DONOVAN Mitchell and the Cleveland Cavaliers test the mettle of the Brooklyn Nets in Paris. MICHAEL REAVES AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

PARIS, France (AFP) — The National Basketball Association announced that the Brooklyn Nets will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the “Paris Game” in the upcoming season.

The game will be played at the Accor Arena in Bercy on 11 January.

The Nets played in Paris in 2008 when they were still based in New Jersey. They faced the Miami Heat at Bercy and three days later in London, winning both games.

The Cavaliers will be playing their first game in Europe.

The Nets finished sixth in the East last season but were upset by the New York Knicks in the playoffs.

“Our players and coaches will benefit greatly from the experience of immersing themselves in Paris’s rich culture off the court,” Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks said in the NBA press release.

Cleveland finished fourth in the East but were upset by the New York Knicks in the playoffs.

“This unique opportunity will provide our players, coaches, staff and families an experience into a different culture,” said Cleveland Cavaliers president of basketball operations Koby Altman.

There have been more than 40 NBA players from France, more than from any other country outside North America.

The top pick in the recent draft was Frenchman Victor Wembanyama who was taken by the San Antonio Spurs.

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