Posts Tagged ‘Alonzo Gee’

KNICKS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire (bulging disk, lower back) will start after missing the last 13 games, but “won’t play big minutes,” according to coach Mike Woodson. “Amar’e is like a little kid today, running around the court in uniform, because he’s so excited to be back,” Woodson said. “I’ve got to watch how much I use him tonight, but as we get closer to the playoffs, we’ll go along and try to build his minutes up.” New York went 9-4 without Stoudemire, who last played on March 24 against Detroit. The six-time NBA All-Star is averaging 17.6 points and 8.0 rebounds in 43 games.
  • With Stoudemire back in action, Knicks small forward Landry Fields is heading to the bench. Point guard Mike Bibby, shooting guard Iman Shumpert, center Tyson Chandler, and small forward Carmelo Anthony remain in New York’s first five. “Iman has made a defensive presence – not that Landry can’t do that – but we like the look that Iman gives us,” Woodson explained. Point guard Baron Davis (stomach virus) was initially announced as a starter, but was a last-minute scratch for the second game in a row.
  • The Knicks signed longtime Bucks center Dan Gadzuric to a free-agent contract, releasing small forward Bill Walker to make room for him on the 15-man roster. Gadzuric, 34, will be in uniform and available to play. “It depends how the game goes,” Woodson said. “Right now, we’ve just got to get him acclimated to what we’re doing.” Gadzuric, who appeared in 42 games with the Warriors and Nets during the 2010-2011 season, was added to fill the role of ailing center Jared Jeffries (right knee soreness).
  • Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) was officially declared out for the season by coach Byron Scott. The mop-topped “Wild Thing” was injured on Feb. 10 against Milwaukee when Bucks center Drew Gooden accidentally struck his wrist while battling for a rebound. “I was trying really hard, but (the wrist) was still really sore and in a lot of pain,” said Varejao, who plays on playing for Brazil in the Summer Olympics. The Cavaliers are 10-26 since Varejao went down.
  • Cleveland swingman Alonzo Gee (left ankle sprain) will sit out his third straight game, allowing shooting guard Manny Harris to make his second start in a row. The remainder of the Cavaliers’ lineup is point guard Kyrie Irving, small forward Anthony Parker, power forward Antawn Jamison, and center Tristan Thompson.
  • New York’s inactives are point guard Jeremy Lin (left knee meniscus tear) and Jeffries, while Cleveland will not dress Varejao, Gee, center Semih Erden (right ankle sprain), and shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (season-ending left foot tendon surgery). Davis remains in the Knicks locker room at Quicken Loans Arena.
  • The Cavaliers’ roster is down to 14 players after they opted not to pick up shooting guard Lester Hudson for the rest of the season. Hudson, whose second 10-day contract with Cleveland expired Wednesday, subsequently signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. He averaged 12.7 points in 13 games with the Cavaliers.

– Brian Dulik

JAZZ AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Jazz shooting guard Raja Bell (strained left adductor) returns to action after a six-game absence and will be in the starting lineup. The 11-year veteran, who last played on Feb. 19 at Houston, is averaging 7.4 points while shooting .434 on 3-pointers. “I would have liked to be back sooner, but the body kind of does what the body wants to,” Bell said. “I got in a practice in Dallas over the weekend and it felt pretty good, which was what we were waiting for.”
  • With Bell available to play, Utah coach Tyrone Corbin has opted to keep Josh Howard in the lineup at small forward while moving Gordon Hayward to the bench. Center Al Jefferson, power forward Paul Millsap, and point guard Devin Harris round out the Jazz’s first five. “We don’t look at it as a demotion for Gordon, but an opportunity to get the ball into his hands more with the second group,” Corbin explained.
  • Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins and small forward Alonzo Gee will make their second straight starts after performing well Saturday in Cleveland’s 101-98 loss at Washington. Hollins scored a season-high 15 points, while Gee chipped in 11 points and five rebounds. “We’re going to go with the same group because I thought they did pretty well the other night,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said.
  • The remainder of Cleveland’s lineup consists of point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Anthony Parker, and power forward Antawn Jamison. Scott added that former starting center Semih Erden will remain out of his rotation for the time being with rookie power forward Tristan Thompson serving as Hollins’ primary backup.
  • Inactive for the Cavaliers are center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) and swingman Christian Eyenga (right little toe laceration), while forward DeMarre Carroll is a healthy scratch for Utah. Varejao has been sidelined since Feb. 11, but continues to work out at Cleveland’s practice facility and could return in mid-March.
  • The Jazz, which has lost six straight on the road, is 0-1 on its current five-game road trip and 3-13 overall in away games. “We’re playing a very good team tonight, but they’re not very good on the road,” Scott said. “That’s what I told the guys this morning.”
  • Utah has won three in a row against the Cavaliers and leads the all-time series 49-41. Cleveland holds an 11-5 edge at Quicken Loans Arena, which opened in 1994-1995.

– Brian Dulik