Posts Tagged ‘Cavaliers injuries’

BULLS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich is fully recovered from a strained groin and will not have his minutes monitored tonight, according to coach Tom Thibodeau. The nine-year veteran will be matched up defensively against NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving. “Kirk is fine, so he’ll start on Kyrie,” Thibodeau said. “It’s not an easy assignment because Kyrie is a very good cutter and puts a lot of pressure on you in a lot of ways.”
  • The remainder of Chicago’s lineup is center Joakim Noah, power forward Carlos Boozer, small forward Luol Deng, and shooting guard Richard Hamilton. “We have two experienced passers in Joakim and Carlos, which we’ll try and take advantage of,” Thibodeau said. “The ball has to move and the body has to move (when we’re) passing in order for us to be successful right now.”
  • The Cavaliers will start Irving, center Anderson Varejao, power forward Tristan Thompson, small forward Alonzo Gee, and rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters. Cleveland and the Bulls have now played four times since Irving was drafted first overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, but he and Chicago point guard Derrick Rose have yet share the same court because of injuries.
  • Cavaliers coach Byron Scott plans on keeping his 10-man rotation that includes a second unit of rookie Tyler Zeller at center, Luke Walton at power forward, C.J. Miles at small forward, Daniel Gibson at shooting guard, and Donald Sloan at point guard. “We’re gonna give it a go with those guys for a week or so,” Scott said. “If we have to make some changes at that point, then we will.”
  • Chicago and Cleveland are both 1-0. The Bulls beat Sacramento 93-87 on Halloween, while the Cavaliers topped the Wizards 94-84 in the opening game of the 2012-2013 NBA season on Tuesday.
  • Rose (left knee reconstructive surgery) remains out indefinitely for Chicago, while Cleveland’s inactives are point guard Jeremy Pargo and power forward Luke Harangody.
  • The Bulls have won eight straight games over the Cavaliers, including all three meetings last season.

– Brian Dulik

WIZARDS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • The Wizards will start No. 3 overall draft pick Bradley Beal at shooting guard, while the Cavaliers have named No. 4 overall selection Dion Waiters their starter at the same spot. “They are two kids with obviously bright futures in this league,” Washington coach Randy Wittman said. “They will be successful for a long time.” Florida product Beal averaged 11.3 points and 2.5 assists in the preseason, while former Syracuse sixth man Waiters averaged 8.6 points and 2.1 helpers.
  • Center Emeka Okafor, power forward Trevor Booker, small forward Trevor Ariza, and point guard A.J. Price round out the Wizards’ starting lineup. “I like how this group developed from a defensive standpoint, which is why we’re going with them,” Wittman said. “Plus, by using JC (shooting guard Jordan Crawford) and Martell (Webster, small forward) off the bench, it gives us a big kick there.”
  • Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving — the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year — said he was very eager for the regular season to begin for two reasons. “We’re young, so we’re going to learn together, and the playoffs are our ultimate goal,” he said, breaking into a smile. “I’m also excited not to be called ‘Rookie’ anymore. That’s not my first name.”
  • The remainder of the Cavaliers’ starting lineup consists of center Anderson Varejao, power forward Tristan Thompson, and small forward Alonzo Gee. Swingman C.J. Miles, small forward Omri Casspi, shooting guard Daniel Gibson, and center Tyler Zeller are expected to round out their rotation.
  • Washington’s inactives are point guard John Wall (left patella stress injury), power forward Nene (left plantar fasciitis), and power forward Kevin Seraphin (right calf strain). Wall is expected to be out until late November, but no timetable has been established for Nene or Seraphin to return.
  • Point guard Jeremy Pargo and power forward Luke Harangody are Cleveland’s inactives, both as healthy scratches. Wizards point guard Jannero Pargo, who is in uniform, is Jeremy’s older brother. Jannero is 33, while Jeremy is 26.
  • The game officially tips off the 2012-2013 NBA season, beginning one hour before Miami hosts Boston. The lone other contest on the evening has Dallas playing at the Lakers.

– 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

BULLS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (illness) will not play. The No. 1 overall draft pick warmed up with his teammates upon arriving at Quicken Loans Arena, but was ruled out of the game after meeting with the team’s medical staff an hour before tipoff. “Kyrie has got some type of bug he caught in Orlando (during NBA All-Star weekend), and it finally caught up with him,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott explained.
  • With Irving sidelined, Ramon Sessions will run the point for the Cavaliers with shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson backing him up. Sessions is averaging 18.3 points and 12.3 assists in three starts this season. Also worth noting: When Sessions starts, power forward Antawn Jamison is averaging 27.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting .582 from the field.
  • Joining Sessions and Jamison in Cleveland’s lineup are center Semih Erden, small forward Omri Casspi, and shooting guard Anthony Parker. The Cavaliers’ inactives are center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) and swingman Christian Eyenga (right little toe laceration). Officially, Irving is on their 13-man active roster, but he is not in uniform.
  • Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton (right thigh strain) will start in the backcourt alongside reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose. Hamilton, who missed 13 games with the injury from Jan. 27-Feb. 22, is averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 assists in two contests since returning. The remainder of Chicago’s first five includes center Joakim Noah, power forward Carlos Boozer, and small forward Luol Deng.
  • Rose sat out the Bulls’ last game in Cleveland with a left toe sprain, but Chicago still managed to hand the Cavaliers their worst-ever home loss — 114-75 on Jan. 20. “We addressed it (with the team),” Scott said. “We got our (expletive) kicked, and tonight, hopefully we come back ready to play. It’s time to man up.”
  • The Bulls have won four games in a row and are 6-1 in their last seven contests, while Cleveland has lost three straight to fall 3 1/2 games behind New York in the race for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

– Brian Dulik

HORNETS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker (lower back strain) is inactive for the 12th straight game, but might return to action immediately after the NBA All-Star break. “I don’t see any reason to have him play tonight — even if he could — with us having four days off after this game,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. Daniel “Boobie” Gibson will make his seventh start of the season in Parker’s spot, joining point guard Kyrie Irving, small forward Omri Casspi, power forward Antawn Jamison, and center Semih Erden in the lineup.
  • Hornets center Emeka Okafor (left knee soreness) and power forward Jason Smith (concussion) could be back on the court when the team resumes play Tuesday in Chicago, according to New Orleans coach Monty Williams. No timetable has been set for power forward Carl Landry (left knee sprain) and point guard Eric Gordon (right knee contusion) to return. “There is a chance Jason could be back then, and maybe Emeka, but Carl’s situation is a little bit different,” the coach said.
  • Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) continues to work out each day with his teammates, but is still 3-5 weeks away from being cleared for action. Varejao was having the best season of his career before he was injured against Milwaukee on Feb. 10, averaging 10.8 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting .514 from the floor. “Andy is coming along and doing cardio every day,” Scott said. “Looking at the schedule, he could be back for our last 20-25 games.”
  • The Hornets will start center Chris Kaman, power forward Gustavo Ayon, small forward Trevor Ariza, shooting guard Marco Belinelli, and point guard Greivis Vasquez. Kaman is averaging 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds on the season after being acquired from the Clippers in the Chris Paul trade. “Chris has been decent,” Williams said. “But defensively, that’s where he has to understand what we do.”
  • New Orleans guard Donald Sloan and forward Lance Thomas are on their second 10-day contracts with the team, while power forward Solomon Jones will have his first such pact expire Friday. “Unfortunately, we probably won’t keep all of them, but they’ve all given themselves a chance to come back or maybe come to training camp down the road,” Williams said.
  • New Orleans is completing a three-games-in-three-nights set after losing Monday at Oklahoma City (101-93) and Tuesday at Indiana (117-108 in overtime). “This is the ultimate test of how much you love the game,” Williams said. “It’s like I tell the guys, ‘You’re playing a game. It’s really cool to get to do this for a living. Always remember that.'”
  • The Cavaliers are seeking their first three-game winning streak since Nov. 5-9, 2010. They enter the evening 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the race for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

– Brian Dulik

KINGS AT CAVALIERS, 6 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers shooting guards Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (left ankle sprain) and Anthony Parker (lower back strain) remain out, making Alonzo Gee the starter for a third straight game. Cleveland coach Byron Scott said Gibson has a 50-50 chance of returning before the NBA All-Star break, while Parker’s status will be updated Monday. Center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) is also inactive and expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. “We’ll have the same guys tonight that we’ve been going with,” Scott said.
  • Kings power forward J.J. Hickson spent his first three pro seasons with the Cavaliers before being traded last summer for small forward Omri Casspi. Hickson, who was the 19th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, will be a free agent following this season. “I’m not having the year I wanted to have, not personally and not winning,” said Hickson, who is averaging 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds for Sacramento. “But (earning a new contract) is gonna take care of itself.”
  • The Kings rank last in the league in field goal percentage (.409) and in points allowed (101.6), which is a combination that makes Scott nervous, even though the Cavaliers own the NBA’s second-best rebounding percentage (.520). “Because they’re only shooting 40 percent from the floor, there will be lots of opportunities for second-chance points,” the coach explained. “We’ve got to prevent that tonight from happening on the boards.”
  • The Kings will start point guard Isaiah Thomas, shooting guard Marcus Thornton, small forward Tyreke Evans, power forward Jason Thompson, and center DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento coach Keith Smart, who began his NBA head coaching career with the Cavaliers in 2003, reported no injuries on his 14-man roster. Rookie forward Tyler Honeycutt is the Kings’ lone inactive.
  • Cleveland’s starting lineup includes point guard Kyrie Irving, power forward Antawn Jamison, center Semih Erden, Casspi, and Gee. Casspi also has struggled in his new surroundings, shooting just .418 from the floor and .596 from the foul line while starting all 28 games. “I think Omri is progressing nicely, but it’s coming slower than we expected and slower than he wants,” Scott said.
  • Cleveland is 2-3 on its franchise-record long nine-game homestand, while Sacramento is 0-3 on its six-game road trip.

– Brian Dulik

MAVERICKS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd (right calf strain) will miss his fifth straight contest and is not with the team. The 10-time NBA All-Star was injured Jan. 27 against Utah, but could rejoin Dallas for its next game Wednesday in Denver. “I don’t know where he’s at (physically),” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “That’s a question for next week.” Delonte West was a late addition to the starting lineup in Kidd’s place.
  • Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (left ankle sprain), and shooting guards Anthony Parker (lower back strain) and Daniel Gibson (soft tissue infection in neck) are all inactive. Cleveland coach Byron Scott said Gibson will undergo further testing before returning to practice. Rookie Mychel Thompson will fill Parker’s spot in the starting lineup for the third game in a row.
  • West is back at Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since the Cavaliers traded him to Minnesota following the 2010 NBA playoffs. West played in 188 games over three seasons in Cleveland and received a warm reaction from the crowd before the game. “Man, it feels wonderful to be back,” he said. “I don’t even consider them fans, I consider them family. The way they welcomed me tonight, that speaks to what Cleveland sports are all about.”
  • Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is spending the evening in Indianapolis, hosting a Super Bowl XLVI pre-party.
  • Dallas has only lost its season series with the Cavaliers twice in the last 13 seasons, a span that coincides with the NBA career of Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

– Brian Dulik

BULLS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (left toe sprain) will sit out his third straight game and is inactive. The reigning NBA MVP, who did not take part in the morning shootaround, suffered a flare-up of the injury Saturday against Toronto. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose’s status remains day to day, but added, “each day, he’s moving in the right direction. Right now, he doesn’t feel he’s ready to go.”
  • C.J. Watson will make his second start of the season in Rose’s spot, prompting Cavaliers coach Byron Scott to quip, “My prayer was answered.” The remainder of Chicago’s lineup is center Joakim Noah, power forward Carlos Boozer, small forward Luol Deng, and shooting guard Richard Hamilton. “The thing with our team is we have more than enough to work with, even without Derrick,” Thibodeau said.
  • Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker (lower back strain) will play after missing one game. The 36-year-old, who is the oldest player on Cleveland’s roster, said no single incident caused the stiffness. “It was just a combination of things, like our (two-week) West Coast trip, sleeping in some bad hotel beds, and playing in a lot of games one after the other,” Parker explained.
  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is averaging 21.8 points and 5.2 assists in his last six games. The No. 1 overall draft choice leads all rookies in scoring (17.7), and ranks second in assists (5.2) and field goal percentage (.486). Irving said he empathizes with Rose, having missed a significant portion of his one year at Duke with ligament damage in his right big toe. “It’s really like jamming your finger, but worse, because that’s where you get your power from,” he said.
  • Irving, Parker, small forward Omri Casspi, power forward Antawn Jamison, and center Anderson Varejao will start for Cleveland. Guard Mychel Thompson and swingman Christian Eyenga are inactive for the Cavaliers.
  • Chicago has the best record in the NBA at 13-3, while Cleveland is 6-7 and stands seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavaliers have played a league-low four home games, winning two of them.

– Brian Dulik

WARRIORS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker (sore lower back) will not play, elevating Daniel “Boobie” Gibson to the starting lineup. Cleveland coach Byron Scott said Parker’s status will be re-evaluated on Thursday, but he plans to “take it slow” with the 36-year-old, who was injured Monday against Charlotte.
  • Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) and center Kwame Brown (torn pectoral) are inactive. Golden State will start center Andris Biedrins, power forward David Lee, small forward Dorell Wright, shooting guard Monta Ellis, and point guard Charles Jenkins.
  • The Cavaliers had started the same lineup in their first 12 games with Parker, center Anderson Varejao, power forward Antawn Jamison, small forward Omri Casspi, and point guard Kyrie Irving. With Parker sidelined, Scott said he would use a three-man rotation of Irving, Gibson, and Ramon Sessions in the backcourt.
  • Cleveland’s backup center spot remains unsettled. Semih Erden, Samardo Samuels, and power forward Tristan Thompson have all gotten minutes of late, but Scott said he is “still trying to work out some kinks there.”
  • Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who ranks third in NBA history with 10,334 assists, is a big fan of top overall draft pick Irving. “He’s a heck of a player and a great kid who really has the goods and is playing with extreme confidence,” Jackson said. “He’s going to be a top-notch point guard in this league for a long time.”
  • The Cavaliers, who have played an NBA-low three home games, went 3-4 on their just concluded two-week road trip.

– Brian Dulik

MAGIC AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Magic guard Gilbert Arenas (sore left knee) is expected to play after sitting out one game. “He went out to warm up tonight, so I’d assume he’ll try and go,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We’ll watch him, though, because he hasn’t done anything physical since Friday.” Arenas has missed a total of three contests this season due to left knee problems. He is averaging 8.1 points while shooting just .349 in 41 games with Orlando.
  • Guard J.J. Redick (lower abdominal strain) will miss his sixth straight game for the Magic, while center Daniel Orton (left knee surgery) remains on the shelf. “J.J. is feeling better, but we’re just waiting for him to be fully recovered,” Van Gundy said.
  • Cavaliers guard Baron Davis (back spasms), who has appeared in four out of a possible 11 games since being acquired from the Clippers on Feb. 24, again will not play for the wine and gold. “It’s not doing me any good and it’s definitely not doing the team any good for me to be out there,” Davis said. “I want to be out there when I can have an impact on the game.”
  • Also ailing for Cleveland, but continuing to tough it out, is point guard Ramon Sessions (hernia). “To be in this league is a dream come true, so I just try and play through it the best that I can,” the fourth-year pro said. “But heat and ice are my best friends most nights.” Sessions has played in a team-high 67 games, starting 33 times.
  • The Cavaliers’ inactives are centers Semih Erden (right adductor strain) and Anderson Varejao (right ankle surgery), and power forward Antawn Jamison (left little finger surgery).
  • Orlando has won five straight games over Cleveland, including two in a row at Quicken Loans Arena.

– Brian Dulik