Posts Tagged ‘Cavaliers injuries’

NETS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Nets small forward Gerald Wallace (left foot soreness) and shooting guard Joe Johnson (left heel soreness) are both inactive, forcing coach P.J. Carlesimo to replace two veteran starters in his lineup. “We’re just going to mix and match and put guys together,” Carlesimo said. Wallace was a late scratch after being hurt Saturday in Brooklyn’s 116-107 loss at Utah, while Johnson is sitting out his fifth game in a row, but is expected to play Thursday against Chicago.
  • Shooting guard MarShon Brooks and small forward Keith Bogans will fill in for Johnson and Wallace, respectively, in the Nets’ lineup. Center Brook Lopez, power forward Reggie Evans, and point guard Deron Williams round out their starters. Carlesimo also indicated that power forward Kris Humphries, shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse, and power forward Mirza Teletovic will see increased time coming off the bench.
  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder soreness) will start in his second game back from a separated shoulder. The first-time All-Star and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year sat out Cleveland’s 102-94 loss in Atlanta on Sunday for precautionary reasons, but played one night earlier when the Cavaliers were beaten 112-92 at New Orleans. “Kyrie is as good a point guard as there is in the league,” Carlesimo said.
  • Cleveland’s starters are Irving, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. The Cavaliers are riding their longest losing streak of the season at nine games and have the third-worst record in the NBA at 22-51. Their last victory came on March 12 against Washington.
  • Inactive for the Cavaliers are shooting guard Dion Waiters (left knee soreness) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery). Waiters, who has not been ruled out for the season, last played on March 20 against Miami. Varejao remains on blood thinners after developing a clot following his operation.

– Brian Dulik

WIZARDS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Wizards rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal (left ankle sprain) will miss his fourth straight game, but coach Randy Wittman says he remains “day-to-day. It could be a day, it could be a week. We’ll just have to wait and see.” The third overall pick in the NBA Draft — and Washington’s leading scorer at 14.2 points per game — was injured on March 3 against Philadelphia. Third-year pro Garrett Temple makes his second consecutive start in Beal’s spot.
  • With Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder sprain) out for the next 3-4 weeks, Shaun Livingston will fill in as the starter. Livingston, who was claimed off waivers from the Wizards on Dec. 25, is averaging 5.9 points and 3.4 assists in 31 games with Cleveland. “Shaun did an unbelievable job in the three games he started when Kyrie was out before,” coach Byron Scott said. “And I think he’ll do an unbelievable job for the next month.”
  • Irving suffered an acromioclavicular sprain Sunday in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 100-96 loss in Toronto. The NBA All-Star and reigning Rookie of the Year was hurt when he collided with Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas on a drive to the basket. Cleveland is 4-10 this season and 8-21 all-time without Irving. “Everyone understands they have to pick up their intensity and level of play without Kyrie,” Scott said.
  • The Wizards’ starters are point guard John Wall, Temple, small forward Martell Webster, power forward Nene, and center Emeka Okafor. Cleveland’s lineup is Livingston, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller.
  • Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) is active for the first time since Feb. 20. The native of Israel was stricken with appendicitis on Feb. 23, just before Cleveland’s game in Orlando. Casspi has not played since Feb. 6 against Charlotte and has not scored since Jan. 22 against Boston.
  • Inactive for the Cavaliers are Irving and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery), while not in uniform for the Wizards are Beal and shooting guard Leandro Barbosa (left anterior cruciate ligament tear).
  • Cleveland is 2-0 against Washington heading into their third and final matchup tonight. The Cavaliers are seeking their first season sweep in the series since 1991-1992, when the Wizards were known as the Washington Bullets.

– 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

JAZZ AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Jazz point guard Mo Williams (right thumb surgery) returns to action for the first time since Dec. 22 at Miami and will start. Williams had two torn ligaments repaired in a Jan. 4 operation, then had two pins removed from his thumb on Feb. 13. “Mo’s minutes will be guarded a little bit tonight, but we’re glad to have his energy back in the lineup,” Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. “We’ll play it by ear how long he goes.” Former Cavaliers fan favorite Williams, who sat out the Jazz’s previous 32 games, is averaging 12.9 points and a team-high 6.7 assists in 24 contests this season.
  • Jazz center Al Jefferson (left ankle sprain) will miss his third straight contest, but Corbin said, “Al is getting better. When he’s ready to go, we’ll make the call to get him back in there.” Derrick Favors will start at center, alongside power forward Paul Millsap, small forward DeMarre Carroll, shooting guard Randy Foye, and Williams. Carroll replaces Marvin Williams in the lineup in what Corbin termed a “coach’s decision. I like the way DeMarre can run the floor.” This is Utah’s 12th different lineup in 61 games in 2012-2013.
  • The Cavaliers will only have 10 players in uniform as shooting guards Dion Waiters (flu) and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (flu) will not play. Center Tyler Zeller (flu) is starting after sitting out Cleveland’s 102-97 loss to New York on Monday. “The thing I like the most about Tyler is his competitiveness,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “I know he’s going to keep fighting and he’ll learn from everything he’s gone through this season.”
  • Cleveland’s lineup is NBA All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and Zeller. Ellington made his first start with the Cavaliers against the Knicks, but only scored seven points in 27 minutes. This is Cleveland’s 11th different starting five this season.
  • Inactive for the Cavaliers are small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery), while the Jazz is not dressing Jefferson and shooting guard Raja Bell (not with team). Utah has won six straight games over Cleveland.

– Brian Dulik

KNICKS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (hyperextended right knee) will start in his return from a three-game absence. The first-time NBA All-Star successfully participated in Cleveland’s morning shootaround, prompting coach Byron Scott to declare him good to go. “I really didn’t ask for the time off, but it was nice to have it,” said Irving, who last played on Feb. 24 at Miami. “My knee was really limiting my ability to go to the basket, but it’s all good now.” The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year was injured when he fell awkwardly to the floor during practice.
  • Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (illness) and center Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play. Both first-round draft picks were struck with the flu shortly after Cleveland’s 105-89 loss to the Clippers on Friday night, forcing them to spend time in the hospital Saturday. Shooting guard Wayne Ellington and center Marreese Speights — both acquired from Memphis in a Jan. 22 trade – will make their first starts with the Cavaliers in place of the aforementioned rookies.
  • Knicks coach Mike Woodson is keeping small forward James White in the starting lineup. White had zero points in eight minutes Sunday during New York’s 99-93 loss to Miami, marking his third straight scoreless game. “We’ll go the same way tonight and see how it turns out,” Woodson said. “I’m still fighting with our rotation, trying to figure out how to play this many guys. But it’s good to have that situation, especially with this many back-to-backs this week.”
  • Center Tyson Chandler, power forward Carmelo Anthony, shooting guard Iman Shumpert, and point guard Raymond Felton round out New York’s first five. Power forward Amar’e Stoudemire will continue to come off the bench, but Woodson said, “I’ve got to get him more than the 24-25 minutes we’ve been getting him. He’ll never play 40 minutes like Tyson and Melo are, but he needs more than (21) like he got last night against Miami.”
  • Joining Irving, Ellington, and Speights in Cleveland’s lineup are power forward Tristan Thompson and small forward Alonzo Gee. The Cavaliers will only have 10 players in uniform as small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery) remain out.
  • The Knicks have lost 10 straight games at Quicken Loans Arena, last beating the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Nov. 29, 2006. New York’s inactives are small forward Chris Copeland and center Rasheed Wallace (left foot fracture), while power forward Kenyon Martin’s 10-day contract expires after the game.

– 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

SPURS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (left knee soreness), point guard Tony Parker (right knee bruise), and shooting guard Manu Ginobili (left hamstring tightness) all return to action tonight. San Antonio’s “Big Three” sat out its 103-89 win Monday in Chicago, but will play in the Spurs’ final game before the NBA All-Star break. Duncan and Parker are starting, while Ginobili resumes his role as their sixth man. “Everything will be back to normal for us,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.
  • Spurs center Tiago Splitter (left ankle) also will start after twisting his ankle against the Bulls, but small forward Stephen Jackson (personal reasons) is not with the team for the second straight game. “Tiago is going to give it a shot tonight, but we’ll see what happens,” Popovich said. Small forward Kawhi Leonard and shooting guard Danny Green round out San Antonio’s first five.
  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left ankle) is in the lineup two days after landing awkwardly on the foot of Timberwolves point guard Alexey Shved. The NBA All-Star has the sixth-highest scoring average in the league at 23.9 points. Center Tyler Zeller, power forward Tristan Thompson, small forward Alonzo Gee, and shooting guard Dion Waiters join Irving as starters.
  • The Spurs are 3-1 on their annual nine-game, 19-day Rodeo Road Trip. San Antonio owns the best record in the league at 41-12 and has won five straight over Cleveland — all in the post-LeBron James era for the wine and gold. “I expect the Cavs to have (foam) coming out of their mouths and the veins popping when they come out of the tunnel tonight,” Popovich joked.
  • The Cavaliers are 3-2 on their seven-game homestand, but are coming off losses to Denver (111-103 on Saturday) and Minnesota (100-92 on Monday). Cleveland is 9-15 this season at Quicken Loans Arena, which is the third-worst home record in the NBA. “As a young team, it is easier to get fired up for teams with a better record,” Popovich said. “We’re very aware of that.”
  • Inactive for the Spurs are Jackson and point guard Cory Joseph (NBA D-League assignment with Austin Toros), while the Cavaliers’ inactives are center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery) and point guard Josh Selby (NBA D-League assignment with Canton Charge).

– 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

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

SUNS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao leads the NBA in rebounding with a 14.7 average and is working on a streak of five straight double-doubles. The mop-topped Brazilian is averaging 13.6 points and 17.6 rebounds during that span. “The way Anderson is rebounding the ball right now, the only comparison you can make is to (NBA all-time great) Dennis Rodman,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. “So many players assume every shot is going to be made, but he plays every shot like it’s going to be missed. That’s really why he’s such a great rebounder.”
  • Phoenix rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat Cleveland 107-105 at US Airways Center on Nov. 9. It was the third-largest comeback in Suns history, as well as the biggest blown lead by the Cavaliers since 1980 (when the NBA began tracking the statistic). “We definitely don’t want to be in a hole like that again, but it did allow us to show everyone what kind of a winning attitude we have,” Phoenix shooting guard Shannon Brown said.
  • The Suns’ lineup consists of Brown, point guard Goran Dragic, small forward Michael Beasley, power forward Markieff Morris, and center Marcin Gortat. Phoenix is 0-1 on its current six-game, 10-day road trip — its longest of the 2012-2013 season — and has a 1-5 overall record in away games.
  • Cleveland will start Varejao, power forward Tristan Thompson, small forward Alonzo Gee, shooting guard Dion Waiters, and point guard Jeremy Pargo. The Cavaliers have lost three straight games, all on the road, but are 2-2 at Quicken Loans Arena this season.
  • Inactive for the Suns are center Channing Frye (enlarged heart) and point guard Diante Garrett. Not in uniform for Cleveland are point guard Kyrie Irving (left index finger fracture) and power forward Luke Harangody (right knee surgery).
  • Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Irving is not expected to return to action until mid-December, but he did work out and attempt many shots on the arena’s main court before the game. His broken finger remains in a splint and was heavily wrapped in blue tape.

– Brian Dulik