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MAGIC AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • The Magic will have 11 players in uniform as shooting guard Arron Afflalo (left calf strain) is active and will start in his first action since Jan. 27 against Detroit. Afflalo missed Orlando’s last six games; four with the calf injury and two because of personal reasons. “Arron is 100 percent healthy and good to go,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. “It’s up to me to make sure I use him in the right way tonight.”
  • Out for Orlando are shooting guard J.J. Redick (right shoulder soreness), small forward Hedo Turkoglu (flu), power forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis (left foot fracture), and small forward Al Harrington (right knee surgery). Redick worked out before the game on the court, but was ruled out for the third straight contest, while Turkoglu will miss his second game in a row.
  • The Magic has lost a season-high 11 straight games, last winning on Jan. 16 against Indiana. It is the longest active losing streak in the NBA. Orlando’s starters are point guard Jameer Nelson, Afflalo, small forward Maurice Harkless, power forward Andrew Nicholson, and center Nikola Vucevic. Shooting guard E’Twaun Moore returns to the bench with Afflalo back.
  • The Cavaliers’ lineup consists of point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. That group has an 8-6 record, while Cleveland’s other starting fives are 7-28. Irving will compete in the NBA All-Star Game, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and BBVA Rising Stars Challenge next weekend.
  • The Cavaliers’ inactives are center Anderson Varejao (right knee surgery) and point guard Josh Selby (NBA D-League assignment). Nelson raved about Varejao to Orlando reporters, unaware that he has been ruled out for the season. “I heard Andy was playing tonight,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott quipped. “I wish somebody would tell me what the hell was going on.”
  • Incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke with select Cavaliers season ticket holders and sponsors before the game, but did not meet with the media.

– 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

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

MAVERICKS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (left orbital bone fracture) is in uniform for the first time since being injured on Nov. 5 at the Clippers. The rookie from North Carolina was elbowed in the face by Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan, suffering a concussion that caused him to miss Cleveland’s last four games. “Tyler coming back will shore up our bench, but I’m just hoping this injury doesn’t set him back because he was playing well,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. Zeller was fitted with a protective face mask and will wear it for the forseeable future.
  • Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion will make his second straight start after sitting out five games with a sprained left medial collateral ligament. Marion had two points and seven rebounds Friday at Indiana, where Dallas was blown out 103-83. “We’ve just got to flush (that game) and get ready for tonight,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, whose squad is 1-4 since Nov. 9 and has slipped to .500 on the season.
  • The remainder of Dallas’ lineup is center Chris Kaman, power forward Elton Brand, shooting guard O.J. Mayo, and point guard Darren Collison. Cleveland will start point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Anderson Varejao.
  • The Cavaliers return home after going 1-5 on their season-long, 11-day road trip. Scott said he will continue using a nine-man rotation, but would not reveal which four players will come off the bench against the Mavericks. “We’re going to change it a tad tonight,” the coach said. “I’m patient, but I’m not patient. Stay tuned.”
  • Dallas’ inactives were power forward Dirk Nowitzki (right knee surgery) and guard Jared Cunningham. Cleveland did not dress power forward Luke Harangody (right knee surgery) and power forward Jon Leuer. Harangody underwent an arthroscopic procedure Friday and is expected to be sidelined until late December.

– 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

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

MAGIC AT CAVALIERS, 6 P.M. ET

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

– Brian Dulik

PACERS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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

– Brian Dulik

SPURS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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

– Brian Dulik