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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

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

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

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

PISTONS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Pistons shooting guard Ben Gordon (strained right groin) will miss the contest after being injured Monday at Washington, but shooting guard Rodney Stuckey (sore left big toe) is active and will start. Gordon was limited to six minutes in Detroit’s 79-77 win over the Wizards, but his loss wasn’t felt as it coincided with Stuckey’s return from a three-game absence — and saw the Eastern Washington product bury the game-winning basket with 0.2 seconds left.
  • After contending for a playoff berth throughout the first half of the season, the Cavaliers have lost four straight contests to slip to a season-low 13 games below .500. “It’s just a matter of being consistent in everything you do,” Cleveland shooting guard Anthony Parker said. “It’s easy to do the right thing one time, but it’s difficult to do it every time — and we’re struggling with that.”
  • Cavaliers shooting guard Manny Harris and point guard Donald Sloan — both recent signees from the NBA D-League — will see major minutes going forward after shooting guard Daniel Gibson (torn tendon in left ankle) was lost for the rest of the season. Gibson was hurt in New Jersey on March 19, but the extent of his injury was not diagnosed until Tuesday.
  • The Pistons’ starting lineup is center Greg Monroe, power forward Jason Maxiell, small forward Tayshaun Prince, point guard Brandon Knight, and Stuckey. Detroit is seeking back-to-back road victories for just the second time this season and is 5-20 away from The Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • Cleveland’s first five includes point guard Kyrie Irving, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Antawn Jamison, center Tristan Thompson, and Parker. The Cavaliers are riding a three-game home losing streak and are 9-15 at Quicken Loans Arena.
  • Cleveland coach Byron Scott turned 51 years old Wednesday, while Cavaliers power forward Luke Walton celebrated his 32nd birthday. “I guess it’s a pretty good day then,” Scott said, smiling.
  • The Cavaliers have won four straight games against the Pistons and are 11-2 in their last 13 meetings.

– Brian Dulik

SUNS AT CAVALIERS, 3 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (left ankle sprain) will miss his third straight game, but is still listed as day-to-day. “Boobie is getting better, but we’ll see how he feels by Tuesday,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. Gibson was injured Monday at New Jersey, prompting Scott to elevate second-year pro Manny Harris into his role as the first guard off the bench. Cavaliers starting center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) is expected to be cleared to return to practice in 2-3 weeks.
  • Suns coach Alvin Gentry was effusive in his praise for Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving — the leading candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year. Irving, who is averaging 18.9 points and 5.7 assists, lit up Phoenix for 26 points and six helpers in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 12. “Everyone talks about Kyrie’s great speed, but people underestimate the strength he plays with,” Gentry said, adding with a laugh. “I just found out he turned 20 (on Friday), which floored me because I’ve got suits older than he is.”
  • The Suns enter the day two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 18 contests remaining. “We’re just trying to stay relevant in the playoff chase,” Gentry said. “We struggled at the start of the season and got behind the eight-ball, so it’s been very difficult to get back over .500.”
  • Phoenix’s starting lineup is point guard Steve Nash, shooting guard Jared Dudley, small forward Grant Hill, power forward Channing Frye, and center Marcin Gortat. Nash ranks second in NBA history in career free throw percentage at .9031, just behind retired Cavaliers great Mark Price at .9039.
  • Cleveland’s first five consists of center Tristan Thompson, power forward Antawn Jamison, small forward Alonzo Gee, shooting guard Anthony Parker, and Irving. Thompson is averaging 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds since being moved into the starting lineup four games ago.

– Brian Dulik

PISTONS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (left ankle sprain) will be in the starting lineup after missing the last two games. Gibson was injured on Feb. 15 against Indiana when he landed on the foot of Pacers shooting guard Paul George, temporarily forcing Alonzo Gee into the first five. “Boobie said his ankle is a little stiff when he gets going, so he thought it would be better for him to start the game tonight,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. “I had no problem with that since I really like Alonzo coming off the bench.”
  • Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker (lower back strain) and center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture) are inactive. Parker worked out on the main court at Quicken Loans Arena before the game, but remains unlikely to play until after the NBA All-Star break. Varejao is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture.
  • Shooting guard Manny Harris, who spent the entire 2010-2011 season with Cleveland, was signed to a 10-day contract by the Cavaliers and is available to play. Harris averaged 21.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 17 games with the NBA D-League’s Canton Charge. “I’m not afraid to put Manny out there because I know what he can do,” Scott said.
  • Pistons power forward Charlie Villanueva (right ankle soreness), who last saw action on Jan. 6 at Philadelphia, is working his way toward a return. Villanueva has only played six minutes over two games this season. “Charlie is making improvement and working his tail off rehabbing with Arnie (Kander),” Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said. “He’s making strides, but I will not put any timetable on players returning.”
  • Detroit’s starting lineup consists of point guard Brandon Knight, shooting guard Rodney Stuckey, small forward Tayshaun Prince, power forward Jason Maxiell, and center Greg Monroe. The Pistons have won three games in a row.
  • Cleveland is starting point guard Kyrie Irving, Gibson, small forward Omri Casspi, power forward Antawn Jamison, and center Semih Erden. The Cavaliers enter the evening two games behind Boston in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

– 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