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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

MAGIC AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

TV: League Pass

  • 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