KNICKS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M.

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  • The Knicks made a pair of game-day roster moves, signing center Solomon Jones and releasing power forward Kurt Thomas (right foot stress fracture). Jones is a six-year NBA veteran who split last season between the Clippers and Hornets, but had been playing in China this winter. “Solomon is a guy I had when I was coaching in Atlanta, and he fits what I like in a big man,” New York coach Mike Woodson said. “He’s good at shot blocking, rebounding, and playing defense.” Woodson added that the 6-foot-10 Jones will play tonight off the bench.
  • Woodson said he was upset about the 40-year-old Thomas being jettisoned, but understood it was a move the Knicks had to make because of their myriad injuries to post players. “Kurt is a total pro, and we’re on the same page,” the coach said. “We’ll probably look at him next season once he gets healthy, and if he ever wants a job coaching, I’ll bring him in right away.” Thomas averaged 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 39 games this season for New York. He has played 18 years in the NBA, including eight seasons over two stints with the Knicks.
  • New York only has 10 players in uniform as center Tyson Chandler (bulging disc) is out for the third game in a row, while power forward Kenyon Martin (left ankle sprain) is sitting out his second straight contest. Point guard Raymond Felton (right knee soreness) will start after tweaking his knee on the opening possession of overtime Thursday in Chicago. Also unavailable for the Knicks are centers Amar’e Stoudemire (right knee surgery), Marcus Camby (left plantar fasciitis), and Rasheed Wallace (left foot fracture).
  • The Knicks’ lineup is Felton, shooting guard Pablo Prigioni, small forward Iman Shumpert, power forward Carmelo Anthony, and rookie center Chris Copeland. New York had its 13-game winning streak snapped Thursday with a 118-111 OT loss at Chicago, but Anthony extended his run of 35-plus point games to a franchise-record six in a row. “If Melo or Raymond come to me and say they want to rest in our last three (regular season) games, then we’ll consider it,” Woodson said. “But they haven’t done that yet.”
  • Cavaliers rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters (personal reasons) is not at Quicken Loans Arena because of a family matter, making him a late scratch. Cleveland shooting guard C.J. Miles (concussion, forehead contusion), power forward Luke Walton (right ankle sprain), shooting guard Daniel Gibson (right elbow soreness), and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery) are also out. Miles was injured on April 7 when Magic center Nikola Vucevic inadvertently elbowed him.
  • Cleveland’s starters are All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and rookie center Tyler Zeller. The Cavaliers have the fourth-worst record in the NBA at 24-54, but have won 10 of their last 11 games against the Knicks.
– Brian Dulik

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  1. Lloyd Austin says:

    love the knicks,they will stomp the cleveland ,cavaliers

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