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- For just the second time in the last 36 games, the Spurs’ entire roster is healthy. San Antonio’s lineup of center Tiago Splitter, power forward Tim Duncan, small forward Kawhi Leonard, shooting guard Danny Green, and point guard Tony Parker will make its 18th collective start of the season — and has a 13-4 record — while swingmen Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli return to their typical reserve roles. “Everything still revolves around Tim, Tony and Manu with us,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, adding with a sly smile. “I’m not staying around when they’re gone. I’m not stupid.”
- Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (left knee hyperextension) will come off the bench in his return from a seven-game absence. The second-year pro was hurt on Feb. 18 at Philadelphia when he landed awkwardly after throwing down a dunk. “It’s good for him and good for us that he’ll be back,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “Hopefully, he can pick up where he left off because he was playing some pretty good basketball before he went down.” Waiters is averaging 14.3 points and 2.7 assists in 49 games.
- Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (back soreness) and shooting guard C.J. Miles (left ankle sprain) remain out. Varejao has returned to practice on a limited basis, but is sidelined for the 11th straight game. Miles worked out on the main court with several teammates, but will miss his seventh consecutive contest. Brown said both players are getting closer to returning, but would not project a comeback date.
- Cleveland’s starters are All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Jarrett Jack, small forward Luol Deng, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Spencer Hawes. The Cavaliers, who are 3 1/2 games out of the final Eastern Conference playoff berth, signed rookie power forward Arinze Onuaku to a second 10-day contract earlier in the day.
- Inactive for San Antonio is power forward Austin Daye, while Cleveland will not dress rookie shooting guard Carrick Felix (left patellar stress fracture), Varejao and Miles. The Spurs have won eight straight over the Cavaliers, including three in a row at Quicken Loans Arena.
– Brian Dulik