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- Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum (left and right knee soreness) is being given the night off, as the team plans to do in many back-to-back game sets. Bynum scored four points in 18 minutes Friday in Cleveland’s 94-79 loss at Philadelphia. “I thought we did some nice things when we double-teamed Andrew last night, forcing them to make some adjustments,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “You can tell that he’s still working his way back.” Bynum is averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds while appearing in five of the Cavaliers’ first six games.
- Cleveland rookie power forward Anthony Bennett (right shoulder strain) — the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft — is active and expected to play. The former Nevada-Las Vegas standout was injured Friday in the second quarter at Philadelphia, but all of his medical tests proved negative. Bennett has come off the bench in all six games, but is just 1-for-20 (.050) on field goal attempts and has missed all nine of his two-point shots.
- Cavaliers coach Mike Brown made a lineup change 15 minutes before the opening tip, benching small forward Earl Clark in favor of Alonzo Gee. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Anderson Varejao remain in Cleveland’s first five. “It’s tough to make changes because our practices are really in games right now,” Brown said.
- The 76ers only have 11 players in uniform as centers Kwame Brown (right hamstring strain) and Daniel Orton (right knee soreness) are unavailable. Rookie center Nerlens Noel (left knee surgery) and power forward Arnett Moultrie (left ankle surgery) remain out with long-term injuries. Philadelphia leads the Atlantic Division with a 4-2 record.
- Philadelphia’s starters are rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, shooting guard James Anderson, small forward Evan Turner, power forward Thaddeus Young, and center Spencer Hawes. Carter-Williams is averaging 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists over his first six NBA games.
- The Cavaliers’ inactives are shooting guard Carrick Felix (sports hernia) and Bynum.
– Brian Dulik