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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

CLIPPERS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (hyperextended right knee) will miss his third straight game. The first-time NBA All-Star participated in Cleveland’s morning shootaround, but was ruled out by coach Byron Scott less than one hour before the opening tip. “I want Kyrie to be 100 percent, not just ‘better’ before we bring him back,” Scott said. Irving was injured in practice one week ago, but an MRI taken Tuesday in Chicago revealed no structural damage. The Cavaliers continue to list him as day-to-day.
  • Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (nose bruise) underwent X-rays on his face, but they were negative. The 6-foot-11 pivot was struck Thursday during Los Angeles’ 99-91 win in Indiana, suffering a bloody nose that temporarily forced him out of the game. “DeAndre had a scan and X-rays, but he’s fine,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “Nothing is broken.” Los Angeles shooting guard Chauncey Billups (back soreness) also will start after playing 21 minutes against the Pacers.
  • With Irving out, Shaun Livingston makes his third consecutive start at point guard for the Cavaliers. Shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller round out their lineup. Cleveland is 4-9 without Irving this season, but has won both games that Livingston has started. “They are playing very well without Irving,” Del Negro said.
  • The Clippers’ starters are point guard Chris Paul, Billups, small forward Caron Butler, power forward Blake Griffin, and Jordan. Los Angeles is 2-15 all-time at Quicken Loans Arena, which opened at the start of the 1994-1995 NBA season. “I look at them in the West as a team that can win it all,” Scott said. “And they’ve got the ultimate leader in Chris Paul. My guy CP is doing fantastic.”
  • Inactive for the Cavaliers are point guard Josh Selby (NBA D-League assignment with Canton Charge) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery), while the Clippers are without power forward Trey Thompkins (left knee bruise) for the 61st game in a row.

– 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

HORNETS AT CAVALIERS, 8 P.M. ET

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  • Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon (right knee soreness) will not play for precautionary reasons as New Orleans is on the second half of a back-to-back game set. The fifth-year pro scored 20 points Tuesday in a 96-87 loss to Chicago, but is not being permitted to play on consecutive days on orders of the Hornets’ medical staff. “I wish that (policy) was over, but we don’t see it ending anytime soon,” New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. “For whatever reason, the doctors feel that’s best for Eric. But he’s healthy, so it’s tough.” Williams added that Gordon’s sprained right hand is fully healed.
  • With Gordon out, New Orleans is starting rookie Austin Rivers at the two. Rivers was named after Cavaliers broadcaster — and former Cleveland All-Star — Austin Carr, but the two had never met until this evening. “I just went out and introduced myself to him, which was incredible,” Rivers said. “It was an honor and very exciting, knowing my dad (Celtics coach Doc Rivers) chose his name for me because he looked up to him so much. It’s unbelievable knowing that I’ll be playing in front of him tonight.”
  • The Cavaliers are making their only national television appearance of the season. ESPN originally scheduled the Miami at Atlanta game for the 8 p.m. broadcast window, but dropped it in favor of the first pro matchup between the last two No. 1 overall draft picks: Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving (2012) and New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis (2013). “We want to show the world what we can do,” Irving said.
  • Irving shined brightly on all three days of All-Star weekend in Houston. The reigning Rookie of the Year won the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and played very well in the NBA All-Star Game and BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. “I’m still trying to catch up on my sleep, but I’m ready to get back out there tonight,” said Irving, who ranks sixth in the league with a 23.5 scoring average.
  • The Hornets’ starters are point guard Greivis Vasquez, Rivers, small forward Al-Farouq Aminu, Davis, and center Robin Lopez. The Cavaliers’ lineup is Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. New Orleans won the teams’ last meeting, 89-84 on Feb. 22, 2012 in Cleveland.
  • The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 4 p.m. Cavaliers center Marreese Speights is among the prime candidates to be dealt as he can opt out of his contract at the end of the season. “Mo Speights has always been a bit of a wildcard, especially when he’s knocking down his jump shots,” Williams said. “He can be a physical presence, as well.”
  • Cavaliers coach Byron Scott plans to fly to Los Angeles for the funeral of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Lead assistant coach Paul Pressey will run Cleveland’s practice on Thursday.

– Brian Dulik

TIMBERWOLVES AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • The Timberwolves will only have 10 players in uniform, including point guard J.J. Barea (left mid-foot sprain), who dressed but was unable to play Sunday in a 105-88 loss at Memphis. “He may try to play tonight, but I don’t know if he’s going to be serviceable,” Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. “We’ve got to be careful, too, because with a foot injury, you don’t want to make it worse.” Adelman added that Barea will decide whether he is healthy enough to play a handful of minutes, based on how his foot feels after warming up with his teammates.
  • Timberwolves small forwards Andrei Kirilenko (right quadriceps strain) and Chase Budinger (left knee surgery), power forward Kevin Love (right hand surgery), shooting guard Brandon Roy (right knee surgery), and point guard Malcolm Lee (season-ending right knee and right hip surgery) are all out. Kirilenko has been sidelined since being hurt on Feb. 4 against Portland, but Adelman said he should return after the NBA All-Star break. “It’s not just the people we’re losing, it’s the quality of that players we’re losing,” the coach said.
  • Minnesota’s starting lineup is point guard Ricky Rubio, shooting guard Luke Ridnour, small forward Mickael Gelabale, power forward Derrick Williams, and center Nikola Pekovic. The Timberwolves, who are making their first appearance at Quicken Loans Arena since Dec. 26, 2010, are 2-15 since Jan. 9.
  • The Cavaliers are starting All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. Cleveland is playing its third home game in four nights, previously beating Orlando (Friday) and losing to Denver (Saturday).
  • Irving and Cavaliers coach Byron Scott will face off in a 3-point contest at practice Tuesday. Irving, who is shooting .429 beyond the arc, will compete in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend. “He’s been talking a lot of trash, but I think I’ve got a good shot at beating him,” Scott said.

– Brian Dulik

NUGGETS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • The Nuggets are riding an eight-game winning streak, which is their longest since they posted 10 straight victories from March 30-April 15, 2005. “We’re going to try and shock the world and become the first team to win a championship without an All-Star,” Denver coach George Karl said. “There are only about 10 true superstars in the NBA, I think, but I believe Andre Iguodala, Ty Lawson, Andre Miller, and Kenneth Faried are in the next 40 players.”
  • The Cavaliers have won a season-high tying three straight games and are 11-11 since Dec. 22. They have not won four games in a row since March 17-24, 2010, which was LeBron James’ final campaign with the franchise. “We’re definitely making steps in the right direction,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. “We’re playing good basketball right now, but we still can play better.”
  • The Nuggets are scheduled to fly to Boston following the game, but Logan Airport is not expected to re-open until at least 11 p.m. because of the East Coast blizzard. A Denver spokesman said the team still plans on leaving Cleveland tonight, but has hotel rooms reserved in case it must stay in Northeast Ohio. The Nuggets play at the Celtics on Sunday evening.
  • Denver’s starting lineup is point guard Lawson, shooting guard Iguodala, small forward Danilo Gallinari, power forward Faried, and center Kosta Koufos. The Nuggets are 32-18, which is the sixth-best record in the NBA. “We’re not that good, it’s a bunch of fake (wins),” Karl quipped. “We’re lucky, not that good at all.”
  • 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 are playing home games on consecutive nights for the first time this season. They defeated Orlando 119-108 on Friday.
  • Not in uniform for Cleveland are center Anderson Varejao (right knee surgery) and point guard Josh Selby (NBA D-League assignment with Canton Charge). Denver’s inactives are shooting guard Julyan Stone and power forward Quincy Miller — both on NBA D-League assignments with the Iowa Energy.

– Brian Dulik

CAVALIERS at PACERS, 7 p.m. ET

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  • In an effort to solve his ongoing second-unit problem, Indiana Coach Frank Vogel has opted to double his dosage of Hansbroughs. Ben Hansbrough, the younger brother of Tyler Hansbrough, will replace D.J. Augustin as the backup point guard starting with tonight’s game. “We’ll see what it does for the second unit,” Vogel said. “Maybe a different guy or style of play can change things.” The younger Hansbrough, an undrafted rookie, was the Big East Player of the Year at Notre Dame in 2010-11 and spent last season playing professionally in Europe.
  • One of the team’s touted offseason free-agent pickups, Augustin has been stunningly inept, averaging 13.0 minutes, 3.2 points and 2.3 assists, shooting .266 overall and .213 from the 3-point line. He has career averages of 10.3 points, 4.3 assists, .402 shooting overall and .366 from the arc. His demotion could be short-term but in the meantime Augustin needs to remain engaged while working to find his game. “It’s always a concern how a player is going to handle it when he’s taken out of the rotation,” Vogel said. “He’s got to stay bought-in, he’s got to stay sharp and he’s got to stay confident.”
  • With Kyrie Irving’s return, the Cavs are closing in on having their full complement of players. Irving missed 11 games with a broken left index finger, but came back Tuesday and scored 28 points with 11 assists as Cleveland beat the Lakers 100-94 to snap a four-game losing streak. Cavs Coach Byron Scott said there will be no need to ease Irving back into the flow. “His easing back was last night when I threw him in there,” Scott said. “Once the doctor says you’re OK and you’ve practiced, you’re ready to go.”
  • The Cavs are awaiting those developments for rookie guard Dion Waiters, who will miss his sixth straight game with a left ankle sprain.  Cleveland also will be without reserve guard Omri Casspi (5.2 points, .442 from the 3-point line), who remained at the team hotel with a stomach ailment. Daniel Gibson, listed as a game-time decision with a hyperextended right elbow, said he will play.

– Conrad Brunner

WIZARDS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (gastroenteritis) will play and start. The NBA Rookie of the Year frontrunner had been listed as doubtful earlier in the day, but refused to sit out Cleveland’s home finale. “He wants to play tonight because of the fans,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “That’s the only reason he’s going to be out there.” Top overall draft pick Irving is averaging 18.8 points, 5.5 assists and 1.08 steals in 50 games. Scott said Irving’s minutes will be limited, meaning Donald Sloan should see plenty of time off the bench.
  • Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford (right ankle sprain) and power forward Trevor Booker (left plantar fasciitis) are out. Washington coach Randy Wittman added that both players are likely to miss the final game of the season Thursday against Miami. “Jordan tried to gut it out for the last 3-4 games, so it’s just not going to get better at this point,” Wittman explained. “We’ll also probably withhold Trevor the next two nights, as well.”
  • With Crawford out, Cartier Martin will start at shooting guard with Morris Almond as his backup. The Wizards signed Almond from the NBA D-League’s Maine Red Claws on April 16. “Jordan’s injury will give Morris an opportunity to play, which will be good for him,” Wittman said. The remainder of Washington’s lineup is point guard John Wall, small forward Chris Singleton, power forward Jan Vesely, and center Kevin Seraphin.
  • Cleveland’s starters are Irving, shooting guard Anthony Parker, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Antawn Jamison, and center Tristan Thompson. Scott said he also plans on taking a look at rookie swingman D.J. Kennedy, who was signed from the NBA D-League’s Erie BayHawks on Saturday. The Cavaliers enter the evening with 21 wins, which is tied with the Kings and Hornets for the third fewest in the NBA.
  • Washington power forward Andray Blatche (conditioning) and small forward Rashard Lewis (left knee soreness) are sidelined with season-ending injuries, as are Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture), center Semih Erden (right ankle sprain), and shooting guard Daniel Gibson (left foot tendon surgery).

– Brian Dulik

BOBCATS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • No timetable has been set for Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (right shoulder sprain) and center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) to return to action. Cleveland coach Byron Scott admitted the duo could miss the remainder of the season because “we’re going to be cautious with both guys. If they come back this year — and I hope they do — it’s because they’ll be 110 percent physically.” Rookie of the Year frontrunner Irving will miss his fourth game in a row, while Varejao has not played since being injured on Feb. 10 against Milwaukee.
  • Bobcats point guard D.J. Augustin (right knee tendinitis) will start after sitting out three games, while small forward Corey Maggette (right Achilles strain) will come off the bench. Charlotte coach Paul Silas said Augustin is replacing rookie Kemba Walker in the lineup because “we need how he handles the team.” Shooting guard Reggie Williams (left knee soreness) is sidelined for the third straight game, but Silas said he would “probably play Thursday,” while center Eduardo Najera (frontal bone fracture) is out for the rest of the season.
  • Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker (bruised chest) will start, shifting Manny Harris back to the bench. The 36-year-old Parker, who had missed the previous two games, is averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 assists in 39 contests. Shooting guard Daniel Gibson (torn left foot tendon) underwent season-ending surgery on April 2, while power forward Luke Harangody (NBA D-League assignment with Canton Charge) is also inactive.
  • Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson played youth hockey in Toronto and is the biggest NHL fan on the team. The former left-handed goalie picks the Pittsburgh Penguins to beat the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final. “They’ve got Sid the Kid (Sidney Crosby) back, so I’m going with Pittsburgh this year,” Thompson said. “Sidney is like Kobe Bryant and (Washington Capitals superstar) Alexander Ovechkin is like LeBron (James).”
  • The Cavaliers have lost their last two games at Quicken Loans Arena by a combined 72 points, making them the first team in NBA history to suffer back-to-back home defeats by 35-plus points.

– 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