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76ERS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • The Cavaliers continue to play without their top three scorers in All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder sprain), shooting guard Dion Waiters (left knee soreness), and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery). Irving and Waiters both worked out on the court before the game, raising hopes that they could return in early April. “If they’re out there, I guess that’s a good sign,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. “But I have no official update on their status.”
  • Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Irving will miss his eighth straight game since being injured on March 10 at Toronto, while Waiters is sitting out his fourth contest in a row after being temporarily shut down by the Cavaliers’ medical staff. Irving, Waiters and Varejao have only played in 131 combined games out of a possible 210 this season. “We’ve got to figure out a way to stay healthy,” Scott said. “Those guys have to play more than half the season for us to be successful.”
  • The 76ers are 1-16 on the road since Jan. 2 and have the fifth-worst away record in the NBA at 7-26. Philadelphia is ninth in the Eastern Conference standings, but sits seven games behind Milwaukee in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot with 11 contests to play. “It’s been a tough year for our whole franchise,” 76ers coach Doug Collins said. “It’s a lot like what’s happened to Cleveland, where injuries have really affected what they were trying to do.”
  • Philadelphia’s lineup is point guard Jrue Holiday, shooting guard Damien Wilkins, small forward Evan Turner, power forward Thaddeus Young, and center Spencer Hawes. Wilkins — the son of former Cleveland shooting guard Gerald Wilkins — attended eighth grade at Revere Middle School, which was located several miles from the Cavaliers’ arena at the time, The Coliseum in suburban Richfield.
  • Cleveland’s starters are point guard Shaun Livingston, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and rookie center Tyler Zeller. The Cavaliers were officially eliminated from postseason contention Thursday when the Bucks defeated the Lakers 113-103. Cleveland also is riding its longest losing streak of the season at six games.
  • The 76ers’ inactives are shooting guard Jason Richardson (season-ending left knee surgery) and center Andrew Bynum (season-ending knee surgery). Philadelphia leads the all-time series with the Cavaliers 98-88, including a 17-16 edge at Quicken Loans Arena, which opened with the 1994-1995 NBA season.

– Brian Dulik

PACERS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Pacers power forward David West (lower back sprain) will not play after his back flared up during Indiana’s plane flight from Philadelphia to Cleveland on Saturday night. Coach Frank Vogel said West is “day to day. He could play tomorrow (against Orlando), but his back is pretty sore, so we’ll see.” West has appeared in 65 of the Pacers’ first 66 games, averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Tyler Hansbrough starts in his place, while Jeff Pendergraph will be the backup power forward.
  • Vogel announced another change in Indiana’s rotation as Gerald Green replaces Sam Young at backup small forward. Green has logged a “Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision” in each of the last three contests, but the third-year coach said it was time to give him another opportunity. Over the last four games, Young has averaged 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.3 minutes off the bench.
  • The Pacers’ starters are center Roy Hibbert, Hansbrough, All-Star small forward Paul George, shooting guard Lance Stephenson, and point guard George Hill. Central Division leader Indiana owns the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at 40-26, one game in front of New York. “We’re in a playoff race, every game is important for us,” Vogel said.
  • Pacers small forward Danny Granger (left knee soreness) has resumed physical activity and will work out individually for the rest of this week. Granger has been limited to five games and 74 minutes this season because of ongoing pain from patellar tendinosis. “We’ll find out how Danny is doing at the end of the week, then go from there,” Vogel said.
  • Cavaliers power forward Luke Walton (nose fracture) suffered a broken nose Saturday during Cleveland’s 119-113 loss in San Antonio, but is active. X-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture that will force him to wear a protective facemask for the remainder of the season. Walton is averaging a team-best 5.2 assists over the last five games.
  • The Cavaliers’ lineup is point guard Shaun Livingston, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. Cleveland’s inactives are All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder sprain) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery).
  • Indiana and Cleveland are both riding two-game losing streaks, but the Pacers have won four straight over the Cavaliers and are 19-19 all-time at Quicken Loans Arena.

– Brian Dulik

GRIZZLIES AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (flu) was listed as doubtful earlier in the day, but will play and start. “I went to the doctor and got checked out, so everything is OK,” Irving said, adding with a smile. “This is what 13 hours of sleep will do for you.” Irving is the fourth Cleveland player to be affected by the flu this week, but the Eastern Conference All-Star did not miss any games because of it. “Kyrie says he’s OK and so did (trainer Max Benton), so I guess he’s OK,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. Irving is the seventh-leading scorer in the league at 23.2 points per game.
  • Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (left ankle sprain) is out for the third game in a row, while power forward Darrell Arthur (back, neck soreness) will miss his second straight contest. Randolph — a Western Conference All-Star — was injured on March 1 at Miami. “We’ve played the last couple of games without Zach, so you just move down the line and get the next guy up,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said.
  • With Randolph not playing for Memphis, Ed Davis makes his second start in a row at power forward. Point guard Mike Conley Jr., shooting guard Tony Allen, small forward Tayshaun Prince, and center Marc Gasol round out the first five. The Grizzlies are 10-1 since Feb. 8 and own the fourth-best record in the West at 40-19.
  • Cleveland shooting guards Dion Waiters (flu) and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (flu) are active. Waiters missed two games with the illness, while Gibson sat out one. The Cavaliers’ starters are Irving, Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller.
  • Cleveland has won seven straight over the Grizzlies at home, making it 13-2 all-time against Memphis/Vancouver at Quicken Loans Arena. The Grizzlies’ last victory on the North Coast came on Nov. 29, 2003, which was LeBron James’ rookie season with the Cavaliers.
  • Inactive for Cleveland are small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee injury). Casspi participated in practice Thursday, but is not physically ready to play in games.

– Brian Dulik

RAPTORS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (hyperextended right knee) will miss his second straight game, but remains listed as day-to-day. “I don’t know if we’ll see him Friday (against the Los Angeles Clippers), but I do know that would give him four days rest,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. The first-time NBA All-Star was injured in practice late last week, but played in Orlando and Miami before sitting out the Cavaliers’ 101-98 win Tuesday at the Bulls. Cleveland is 3-9 this season without Irving, who underwent an MRI in Chicago that confirmed there was no structural damage.
  • With Irving sidelined, point guard Shaun Livingston makes his second start with the Cavaliers. Livingston, who scored a season-high 15 points Tuesday against the Bulls, was claimed off waivers from the Wizards on Christmas Day. “I’ve always been intrigued with Shaun,” Scott said. “He just seems to fit into our system very well, and he’s also probably as healthy as he’s been in this league.” The 27-year-old Livingston is averaging 5.3 points and 3.4 assists in 25 games with Cleveland.
  • Joining Livingston in the Cavaliers’ lineup are rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and rookie center Tyler Zeller. “They may not have Irving, but our approach definitely cannot change — and will not change tonight,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Cleveland plays the same way without him, and Dion Waiters has really come in and taken Kyrie’s place as the attacker in the fourth quarter of games.”
  • Toronto’s starters are point guard Kyle Lowry, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, small forward Rudy Gay, power forward Amir Johnson, and rookie center Jonas Valanciunas. The Raptors are seeking their first four-game road winning streak since March 22-April 5, 2002 — and are 7-4 since Gay joined them in a trade from Memphis. “Toronto isn’t an athletic team, but they have two of the most athletic wings in the league in Rudy and DeRozan,” Scott said.
  • The Cavaliers have 11 players in uniform as shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson has returned after a three-game absence for personal reasons. Cleveland small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) is resting at home after undergoing surgery Saturday in Orlando, while point guard Josh Selby (NBA D-League assignment with Canton Charge) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery) are inactive.
  • Raptors small forward Linas Kleiza (right knee soreness) is sitting out his 28th straight contest, while small forward Mickael Pietrus is a healthy scratch for the second game in a row. Toronto enters the evening five games behind Milwaukee in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. “That’s our goal,” Casey said. “Everybody’s goal should be the playoffs.”

– Brian Dulik

BOBCATS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (concussion) traveled to Cleveland but will miss his second straight game. The No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft was injured Saturday when he took a scary fall at Houston. “Mike’s head is clear and all of his (physical) signs are a plus,” Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said. “He said everything feels substantially better — he’s still very sore — but he’s certainly not ready to play tonight.” Fellow rookie Jeffery Taylor starts in his spot.
  • The Bobcats’ lineup is point guard Kemba Walker, shooting guard Gerald Henderson, Taylor, power forward Jeff Adrien, and center Bismack Biyombo. Charlotte is 0-4 on its current five-game, 10-day road trip. “We have a lot of respect for Charlotte because they play hard and Mike’s doing a nice job with them, but offensively, if we run our plays and execute tonight, we’ll be fine,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “I am worried about our defense, though.”
  • Cleveland shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson is active for the first time since spraining his right big toe on Jan. 26 at Toronto. Gibson, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Cavaliers, ranks 14th in NBA history with a .413 3-point percentage. Also active is power forward Luke Walton, who has not played since Jan. 25 against Milwaukee because of personal reasons, and left foot and ankle soreness.
  • Cleveland’s starters are point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. The Cavaliers have won four of their last five home games, including a 115-110 upset of Oklahoma City on Saturday. “It’s like I told the guys this morning, we have to be afraid of losing, especially in our building,” Scott said.
  • Inactive for Cleveland are center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery) and point guard Josh Selby (NBA D-League assignment with Canton Charge). Varejao was in the Cavaliers locker room before the game and said he remains on blood thinners, even though the post-surgical blood clots in his lungs have dissipated.
  • The Bobcats are 1-13 all-time at Quicken Loans Arena, which is the worst record by a visiting team. They also are 4-31 since Nov. 26 after opening the season with seven wins in their first 12 games.

– Brian Dulik

THUNDER AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers coach Byron Scott opted to keep his starting lineup intact against the Thunder, even though he benched the entire group for the fourth quarter Friday in a 117-99 loss at Detroit. Point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller are 6-6 in 12 starts, but have been dismal during Cleveland’s current two-game losing streak. “We’ve got a lot of 20-something year olds and they’re still trying to learn how to be professional basketball players,” Scott said. “We’ll see how they respond tonight.”
  • The Thunder is starting point guard Russell Westbrook, shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha, small forward Kevin Durant, power forward Serge Ibaka, and center Kendrick Perkins. Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said he was not concerned about Westbrook’s on-court tantrum Thursday during a 106-89 win over Memphis. “Russell plays with a lot of emotion and, at times, he can get too competitive,” Brooks said. “But I like that because you can always tone it down. If it’s not there in a player, there is nothing you can do to light a fire in him.”
  • Not in uniform for the Cavaliers are shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (right big toe sprain), power forward Luke Walton (personal matters), and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery). Gibson will miss his third straight game, but said he hopes to return Wednesday against Charlotte. Walton is out for the fourth straight contest and has temporarily left the team.
  • Inactive for the Thunder is shooting guard Jeremy Lamb (lower back strain), who did not travel to Cleveland. Center Daniel Orton, who has only played in one game this season, was elevated to the 12-man active roster. Orton scored two points in two minutes against the Cavaliers on Nov. 11.
  • Oklahoma City is playing at Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since March 13, 2011. The Thunder did not visit Cleveland during the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 NBA season.

– Brian Dulik

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

MAGIC AT CAVALIERS, 6 P.M. ET

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  • Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said he is preparing to play the remainder of the regular season — and the playoffs — without center Dwight Howard (herniated disk, lower back) and small forward Hedo Turkoglu (facial fracture). “We’re approaching it that the 13 (healthy) guys we have now are who we’re going to have the rest of the season and in the playoffs,” Van Gundy said. “If they do come back, we’ll look at having Dwight or Hedo as a bonus.” Howard traveled to Cleveland after being diagnosed with the injury Friday in Los Angeles, but remained at Orlando’s downtown hotel.
  • With Howard and Turkoglu sidelined indefinitely, Van Gundy said he will keep his current lineup intact with Glen Davis at center and Jason Richardson at small forward. Power forward Ryan Anderson, shooting guard J.J. Redick, and point guard Jameer Nelson round out Orlando’s starters. “You never know, but that’s who I plan to start the rest of the way,” Van Gundy said.
  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (right shoulder sprain) and center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) will have their status updated Tuesday prior to Cleveland’s game in Detroit. Coach Byron Scott said there was “a chance that Kyrie doesn’t come back this season, but I think there is a better chance that he plays.” Varejao’s possible return remains up in the air because the coach said his wrist was “still sore, so we’re going to have our doctors take a look at it in the next few days.” Irving has missed 10 straight games, while Varejao last played on Feb. 10 against Milwaukee.
  • The Cavaliers assigned power forward Luke Harangody to their NBA D-League affiliate in Canton, one day after he scored 16 points in their 98-89 victory at Washington. Harangody is scheduled to remain with the Charge until the end of its ongoing playoff run. Canton leads Springfield 1-0 in their best-of-three, first-round series.
  • Cavaliers mascot Moondog was given a clean bill of health — and was back on the court — after being accidentally punched in the snout by Pacers power forward David West. Moondog suffered a legitimate left eye injury during the pregame incident Wednesday, forcing him to seek immediate medical treatment.
  • Orlando can clinch a playoff spot with a win. The Magic currently sits sixth in the Eastern Conference standings, putting it in line to play Indiana in the opening round.

– Brian Dulik

PACERS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Pacers point guard Darren Collison (groin soreness) is out for the second straight game, but Indiana coach Frank Vogel said he expects him to play Friday at home against the Cavaliers. “Darren went through shootaround and I thought he would be able to go tonight, but he’s still a little tender,” Vogel said. “We definitely want him back, but we need him to be 100 percent healthy when he comes back.” Fourth-year pro George Hill will make his second start of the season in Collison’s place, having collected 18 points, four assists and no turnovers Monday in a 103-98 home win over Toronto.
  • The Cavaliers are again without the services of rookie point guard Kyrie Irving (right shoulder sprain), center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture), and shooting guard Daniel Gibson (season-ending left foot tendon surgery). Top overall draft pick Irving will miss his fifth game in a row, while Varejao has not played since being hurt on Feb. 10 against Milwaukee. Cleveland coach Byron Scott said, “If I had to guess on both guys, I’d probably definitely say they’ll be out for Friday and Saturday.”
  • Cavaliers shooting guard Lester Hudson — playing on his second 10-day contract with Cleveland — is averaging 24.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists over his last three games. “He’s been their best player the last three games, especially on this court where they’ve kind of fallen in love with him,” Vogel said. Hudson was a 2009 second-round draft choice by Boston, who had been playing with the Austin Toros in the NBA D-League.
  • Indiana’s starters are center Roy Hibbert, power forward David West, small forward Danny Granger, shooting guard Paul George, and Hill. The Pacers have used an NBA-low three different lineups this season. Indiana center Kyrylo Fesenko (illness) is inactive, while Collison will be in uniform but not play.
  • The Cavaliers’ lineup consists of center Tristan Thompson, power forward Antawn Jamison, small forward Alonzo Gee, shooting guard Anthony Parker, and point guard Donald Sloan. That quintet combined for 59 points and 13 assists Tuesday in a 103-90 home victory over Charlotte.

– Brian Dulik

SPURS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (right shoulder sprain) returns to action after sitting out one game. The frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year honors was injured Friday when he landed awkwardly after running into a screen by Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova. “Kyrie looked good this morning at shootaround, so we’re really excited to have him back,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. “I think holding him out of the New York game (Saturday) really helped.” Irving leads all rookies in scoring (18.9) and free throw percentage (.872).
  • Spurs power forward Tim Duncan, shooting guard Manu Ginobili, and point guard Tony Parker all will play. Each veteran has been rested at least once in recent weeks, which San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said he hopes to continue doing as the playoffs grow nearer. “It’s a little bit more difficult to do than in a normal season, but it’s something that we’ve done here for years,” he said. “The (quality) depth that we have right now also is making it somewhat easier.”
  • Cavaliers shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (left foot tendon tear) underwent season-ending surgery Monday, but center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) could return to action next week. Varejao has been sidelined for 26 games since being hurt on Feb. 10 against Milwaukee. “The second week of April is the protocol we’re following for Andy to start practicing,” Scott said.
  • The Spurs will start Duncan, Parker, center DeJuan Blair, small forward Kawhi Leonard, and shooting guard Danny Green. Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, and power forward Matt Bonner were members of the San Antonio team that swept the Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals, while Gibson and Varejao are the only Cleveland players still around from that four-game series.
  • Cleveland’s starters are Irving, shooting guard Anthony Parker, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Antawn Jamison, and center Tristan Thompson. Gee played in five games with the Spurs in 2010-2011 before landing a permanent job with the Cavaliers. “Alonzo is a wonderful guy with a great personality,” Popovich said. “He just needed an opportunity.”
  • San Antonio shooting guard Cory Joseph is a healthy inactive, while Cleveland power forward Luke Harangody remains on an assignment with the NBA D-League’s Canton Charge.

– Brian Dulik