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- Cleveland reserve swingman C.J. Miles could fall out of the rotation if his struggles continue tonight against the Clippers at Staples Center. Miles is shooting 4-for-22 this season, missing all six shots in Saturday night’s three-point loss to the Bucks. He was equally unproductive on defense, failing to have an impact on Mike Dunleavy as he lit up the Cavaliers for 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott used just three substitutes in the second half, leaving Miles to watch from the bench.
- The Clippers will get their first look at Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year. Irving did not play in the only meeting between the Clippers and Cavaliers last season, sitting out the 99-92 victory by Cleveland because of a concussion. Scott coached both Irving and Clippers point guard Chris Paul when they broke into the NBA. “When CP first came into the league, they had a lot of similarities,” Scott said.
- Clippers forward Blake Griffin has yet to crack 20 points this season after averaging more than 20 in each of his first two years in the league. He had tough matchups in the first two games against Zach Randolph of the Grizzlies and Pau Gasol of the Lakers, but should have had an easier time Saturday night against David Lee of the Warriors. Instead, he shot 4-for-12 and scored 19 points in the 114-110 loss. Griffin, who’s averaging 29 points and 12 rebounds in three career games against the Cavaliers, should have an easier time getting to the basket against Cleveland’s second-year forward, Tristan Thompson.
- Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said before the game that he anticipates Chauncey Billups will return before Grant Hill. Billups was the team’s starting shooting guard when he went down with a torn Achilles tendon last February. He has been practicing with the Clippers since the middle of last month. Hill, the 40-year-old veteran forward who joined the Clippers in the offseason, is still nursing bone bruises in his right knee and hasn’t played or practiced since a preseason game Oct. 14 in Shanghai.