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CELTICS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (left ankle sprain) is out for the third straight game, but coach Doc Rivers said he could play Friday against Atlanta. “I think so, but I don’t know for sure,” Rivers said. Also unavailable for Boston are power forward Kevin Garnett (left ankle inflammation), power forward Jared Sullinger (season-ending back surgery), and point guard Rajon Rondo (season-ending right ACL surgery). Garnett, who will miss his third game in a row, is expected to be sidelined for 1-2 weeks.
  • With Lee out, the Celtics are using a big lineup against the Cavaliers. Chris Wilcox makes his first start of the season at center, while Jeff Green moves down to power forward, Brandon Bass will play small forward, Paul Pierce is at shooting guard, and Avery Bradley remains at point guard. “I want Chris to play well because he’s important to our team, even when Kevin comes back,” Rivers said. “His game is simple: It’s energy.”
  • Cleveland’s lineup is point guard Shaun Livingston, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. The Cavaliers own the third-worst record in the NBA at 22-47, along with the league’s third-worst home mark at 13-21.
  • Cleveland continues to play without point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder sprain), shooting guard Dion Waiters (left knee soreness), and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery). Waiters’ status will be updated later this week, while Irving is out until at least early April.
  • The Celtics and Cavaliers are both riding five-game losing streaks, guaranteeing that one of them will match their longest skid of the season.

– 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

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

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

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

76ERS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (right shoulder sprain) returns to action and will be in the starting lineup after missing nine games. The No. 1 overall draft pick — and NBA Rookie of the Year frontrunner — went through a rigorous 45-minute workout Tuesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, allowing him to be cleared to play against Philadelphia. “Kyrie said he feels really good, so he’s going to go tonight,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. “I will limit his minutes, though, but I’m not going to tell you how many that will be.” Irving leads the Cavaliers in scoring (18.8), assists (5.7), field goal percentage (.468), 3-point percentage (.414), and free throw percentage (.873).
  • 76ers coach Doug Collins is sticking with his latest starting lineup of point guard Jrue Holiday, shooting guard Jodie Meeks, small forward Andre Iguodala, power forward Elton Brand, and center Nikola Vucevic. Philadelphia has lost three games in a row, dropping it into the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The 76ers lead Milwaukee by 1 1/2 games in the postseason race, but both teams now control their destiny if they win-out.
  • The Cavaliers, however, are shaking up their lineup one night after being mauled 116-77 in Detroit. Shooting guard Manny Harris will join Irving in the backcourt, while Anthony Parker slides up to play small forward. Power forward Antawn Jamison and center Tristan Thompson round out their first five. Scott made the adjustment after learning that small forward Alonzo Gee (left ankle sprain) will be sitting out a second consecutive game.
  • Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi is the only Cleveland player to appear in all 60 games this season, which the Israeli native said he takes great pride in. “The NBA plays such a rugged schedule, it’s important for me to go out and play every night, even when I’m not 100 percent,” said Casspi, who is averaging 7.1 points and shooting .319 on 3-pointers. “It would mean a lot to me to finish the season this way.”
  • Cleveland recalled power forward Luke Harangody from his NBA D-League assignment with the Canton Charge. The second-year pro has played in 16 contests for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. Harangody played four games in four nights earlier in the week — three for Canton and one for Cleveland — and averaged 16.3 points and 8.0 boards during the stretch.
  • Philadelphia reports no injuries on its 13-man roster, while the Cavaliers will not dress Gee, centers Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) and Semih Erden (right ankle sprain), and shooting guard Daniel Gibson (season-ending left foot tendon surgery). Varejao, who was hurt on Feb. 10 against Milwaukee, but has been unable to participate in a full-contact practice since being sidelined.
  • Neither team conducted a morning shootaround after losing the previous evening. The 76ers were beaten 102-97 at home by Indiana, while Cleveland trailed the Pistons 100-50 after three quarters, becoming just the fifth NBA team in the last 20 years to dig a 50-point deficit prior to the start of the fourth period, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

– 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

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