Posts Tagged ‘Kyrie Irving injury’

NETS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Nets small forward Gerald Wallace (left foot soreness) and shooting guard Joe Johnson (left heel soreness) are both inactive, forcing coach P.J. Carlesimo to replace two veteran starters in his lineup. “We’re just going to mix and match and put guys together,” Carlesimo said. Wallace was a late scratch after being hurt Saturday in Brooklyn’s 116-107 loss at Utah, while Johnson is sitting out his fifth game in a row, but is expected to play Thursday against Chicago.
  • Shooting guard MarShon Brooks and small forward Keith Bogans will fill in for Johnson and Wallace, respectively, in the Nets’ lineup. Center Brook Lopez, power forward Reggie Evans, and point guard Deron Williams round out their starters. Carlesimo also indicated that power forward Kris Humphries, shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse, and power forward Mirza Teletovic will see increased time coming off the bench.
  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder soreness) will start in his second game back from a separated shoulder. The first-time All-Star and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year sat out Cleveland’s 102-94 loss in Atlanta on Sunday for precautionary reasons, but played one night earlier when the Cavaliers were beaten 112-92 at New Orleans. “Kyrie is as good a point guard as there is in the league,” Carlesimo said.
  • Cleveland’s starters are Irving, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. The Cavaliers are riding their longest losing streak of the season at nine games and have the third-worst record in the NBA at 22-51. Their last victory came on March 12 against Washington.
  • Inactive for the Cavaliers are shooting guard Dion Waiters (left knee soreness) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery). Waiters, who has not been ruled out for the season, last played on March 20 against Miami. Varejao remains on blood thinners after developing a clot following his operation.

– Brian Dulik

76ERS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • The Cavaliers continue to play without their top three scorers in All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder sprain), shooting guard Dion Waiters (left knee soreness), and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery). Irving and Waiters both worked out on the court before the game, raising hopes that they could return in early April. “If they’re out there, I guess that’s a good sign,” Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. “But I have no official update on their status.”
  • Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Irving will miss his eighth straight game since being injured on March 10 at Toronto, while Waiters is sitting out his fourth contest in a row after being temporarily shut down by the Cavaliers’ medical staff. Irving, Waiters and Varejao have only played in 131 combined games out of a possible 210 this season. “We’ve got to figure out a way to stay healthy,” Scott said. “Those guys have to play more than half the season for us to be successful.”
  • The 76ers are 1-16 on the road since Jan. 2 and have the fifth-worst away record in the NBA at 7-26. Philadelphia is ninth in the Eastern Conference standings, but sits seven games behind Milwaukee in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot with 11 contests to play. “It’s been a tough year for our whole franchise,” 76ers coach Doug Collins said. “It’s a lot like what’s happened to Cleveland, where injuries have really affected what they were trying to do.”
  • Philadelphia’s lineup is point guard Jrue Holiday, shooting guard Damien Wilkins, small forward Evan Turner, power forward Thaddeus Young, and center Spencer Hawes. Wilkins — the son of former Cleveland shooting guard Gerald Wilkins — attended eighth grade at Revere Middle School, which was located several miles from the Cavaliers’ arena at the time, The Coliseum in suburban Richfield.
  • Cleveland’s starters are point guard Shaun Livingston, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and rookie center Tyler Zeller. The Cavaliers were officially eliminated from postseason contention Thursday when the Bucks defeated the Lakers 113-103. Cleveland also is riding its longest losing streak of the season at six games.
  • The 76ers’ inactives are shooting guard Jason Richardson (season-ending left knee surgery) and center Andrew Bynum (season-ending knee surgery). Philadelphia leads the all-time series with the Cavaliers 98-88, including a 17-16 edge at Quicken Loans Arena, which opened with the 1994-1995 NBA season.

– Brian Dulik

HEAT AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • The Heat brings its franchise-record 23-game winning streak to Cleveland, where small forward LeBron James played his first seven NBA seasons. “The Chosen One” is 8-1 against the Cavaliers since joining Miami in July 2010, including 2-1 at Quicken Loans Arena. James did not speak with the media prior to the game, but was made available at the Heat’s morning shootaround. “Even though LeBron has already played here a couple of times, these games are always going to be important for him,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The other guys don’t want to let him down, either.”
  • Miami’s starters are James, center Chris Bosh, power forward Udonis Haslem, shooting guard Dwyane Wade, and point guard Mario Chalmers. The Heat’s last loss came on Feb. 1 at Indiana. “If you can’t get excited about playing Miami, then you’re not a basketball player,” Cavaliers center Marreese Speights said. “These are the games you love to play.” The Heat is 10 victories away from tying the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA-record 33-game winning streak, set from Nov. 5, 1971-Jan. 7, 1972.
  • The Cavaliers signed point guard Chris Quinn from the NBA D-League’s Tulsa 66ers to fill their open roster spot. In 25 games with Tulsa this season, the Notre Dame product is averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 assists. Quinn has 234 games of NBA experience, split between the Heat, Nets and Spurs.  “We love Quinny and we’re very happy for him,” Spoelstra said. “He definitely deserves to be in this league.”
  • Speights said he has not heard from the NBA office about a possible fine or suspension as a result of his Flagrant-2 Foul on Indiana small forward Paul George on Monday night. George was driving to the hoop on a fast break when Speights grabbed him from behind, around the neck, and threw him to the floor. The play occurred late in the third quarter of the Pacers’ 111-90 victory in Cleveland.
  • The Cavaliers’ lineup is center Tyler Zeller, power forward Tristan Thompson, small forward Alonzo Gee, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, and point guard Shaun Livingston. Cleveland is 62-153 since James left for Miami following the 2009-2010 season. “A 23-game winning streak is no joke in the NBA,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said, referring to the Heat. “I know I’m impressed.”
  • Cleveland’s inactives are All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder sprain), shooting guard Dion Waiters (left knee soreness), and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery). Waiters was injured two days ago against Indiana and will have his condition updated next week, while Irving is out until at least early April.

– Brian Dulik

PACERS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Pacers power forward David West (lower back sprain) will not play after his back flared up during Indiana’s plane flight from Philadelphia to Cleveland on Saturday night. Coach Frank Vogel said West is “day to day. He could play tomorrow (against Orlando), but his back is pretty sore, so we’ll see.” West has appeared in 65 of the Pacers’ first 66 games, averaging 17.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Tyler Hansbrough starts in his place, while Jeff Pendergraph will be the backup power forward.
  • Vogel announced another change in Indiana’s rotation as Gerald Green replaces Sam Young at backup small forward. Green has logged a “Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision” in each of the last three contests, but the third-year coach said it was time to give him another opportunity. Over the last four games, Young has averaged 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.3 minutes off the bench.
  • The Pacers’ starters are center Roy Hibbert, Hansbrough, All-Star small forward Paul George, shooting guard Lance Stephenson, and point guard George Hill. Central Division leader Indiana owns the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at 40-26, one game in front of New York. “We’re in a playoff race, every game is important for us,” Vogel said.
  • Pacers small forward Danny Granger (left knee soreness) has resumed physical activity and will work out individually for the rest of this week. Granger has been limited to five games and 74 minutes this season because of ongoing pain from patellar tendinosis. “We’ll find out how Danny is doing at the end of the week, then go from there,” Vogel said.
  • Cavaliers power forward Luke Walton (nose fracture) suffered a broken nose Saturday during Cleveland’s 119-113 loss in San Antonio, but is active. X-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture that will force him to wear a protective facemask for the remainder of the season. Walton is averaging a team-best 5.2 assists over the last five games.
  • The Cavaliers’ lineup is point guard Shaun Livingston, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. Cleveland’s inactives are All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder sprain) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery).
  • Indiana and Cleveland are both riding two-game losing streaks, but the Pacers have won four straight over the Cavaliers and are 19-19 all-time at Quicken Loans Arena.

– Brian Dulik

GRIZZLIES AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (flu) was listed as doubtful earlier in the day, but will play and start. “I went to the doctor and got checked out, so everything is OK,” Irving said, adding with a smile. “This is what 13 hours of sleep will do for you.” Irving is the fourth Cleveland player to be affected by the flu this week, but the Eastern Conference All-Star did not miss any games because of it. “Kyrie says he’s OK and so did (trainer Max Benton), so I guess he’s OK,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. Irving is the seventh-leading scorer in the league at 23.2 points per game.
  • Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (left ankle sprain) is out for the third game in a row, while power forward Darrell Arthur (back, neck soreness) will miss his second straight contest. Randolph — a Western Conference All-Star — was injured on March 1 at Miami. “We’ve played the last couple of games without Zach, so you just move down the line and get the next guy up,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said.
  • With Randolph not playing for Memphis, Ed Davis makes his second start in a row at power forward. Point guard Mike Conley Jr., shooting guard Tony Allen, small forward Tayshaun Prince, and center Marc Gasol round out the first five. The Grizzlies are 10-1 since Feb. 8 and own the fourth-best record in the West at 40-19.
  • Cleveland shooting guards Dion Waiters (flu) and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (flu) are active. Waiters missed two games with the illness, while Gibson sat out one. The Cavaliers’ starters are Irving, Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller.
  • Cleveland has won seven straight over the Grizzlies at home, making it 13-2 all-time against Memphis/Vancouver at Quicken Loans Arena. The Grizzlies’ last victory on the North Coast came on Nov. 29, 2003, which was LeBron James’ rookie season with the Cavaliers.
  • Inactive for Cleveland are small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee injury). Casspi participated in practice Thursday, but is not physically ready to play in games.

– Brian Dulik

KNICKS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (hyperextended right knee) will start in his return from a three-game absence. The first-time NBA All-Star successfully participated in Cleveland’s morning shootaround, prompting coach Byron Scott to declare him good to go. “I really didn’t ask for the time off, but it was nice to have it,” said Irving, who last played on Feb. 24 at Miami. “My knee was really limiting my ability to go to the basket, but it’s all good now.” The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year was injured when he fell awkwardly to the floor during practice.
  • Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (illness) and center Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play. Both first-round draft picks were struck with the flu shortly after Cleveland’s 105-89 loss to the Clippers on Friday night, forcing them to spend time in the hospital Saturday. Shooting guard Wayne Ellington and center Marreese Speights — both acquired from Memphis in a Jan. 22 trade — will make their first starts with the Cavaliers in place of the aforementioned rookies.
  • Knicks coach Mike Woodson is keeping small forward James White in the starting lineup. White had zero points in eight minutes Sunday during New York’s 99-93 loss to Miami, marking his third straight scoreless game. “We’ll go the same way tonight and see how it turns out,” Woodson said. “I’m still fighting with our rotation, trying to figure out how to play this many guys. But it’s good to have that situation, especially with this many back-to-backs this week.”
  • Center Tyson Chandler, power forward Carmelo Anthony, shooting guard Iman Shumpert, and point guard Raymond Felton round out New York’s first five. Power forward Amar’e Stoudemire will continue to come off the bench, but Woodson said, “I’ve got to get him more than the 24-25 minutes we’ve been getting him. He’ll never play 40 minutes like Tyson and Melo are, but he needs more than (21) like he got last night against Miami.”
  • Joining Irving, Ellington, and Speights in Cleveland’s lineup are power forward Tristan Thompson and small forward Alonzo Gee. The Cavaliers will only have 10 players in uniform as small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery) remain out.
  • The Knicks have lost 10 straight games at Quicken Loans Arena, last beating the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Nov. 29, 2006. New York’s inactives are small forward Chris Copeland and center Rasheed Wallace (left foot fracture), while power forward Kenyon Martin’s 10-day contract expires after the game.

– 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

SPURS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (left knee soreness), point guard Tony Parker (right knee bruise), and shooting guard Manu Ginobili (left hamstring tightness) all return to action tonight. San Antonio’s “Big Three” sat out its 103-89 win Monday in Chicago, but will play in the Spurs’ final game before the NBA All-Star break. Duncan and Parker are starting, while Ginobili resumes his role as their sixth man. “Everything will be back to normal for us,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.
  • Spurs center Tiago Splitter (left ankle) also will start after twisting his ankle against the Bulls, but small forward Stephen Jackson (personal reasons) is not with the team for the second straight game. “Tiago is going to give it a shot tonight, but we’ll see what happens,” Popovich said. Small forward Kawhi Leonard and shooting guard Danny Green round out San Antonio’s first five.
  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left ankle) is in the lineup two days after landing awkwardly on the foot of Timberwolves point guard Alexey Shved. The NBA All-Star has the sixth-highest scoring average in the league at 23.9 points. Center Tyler Zeller, power forward Tristan Thompson, small forward Alonzo Gee, and shooting guard Dion Waiters join Irving as starters.
  • The Spurs are 3-1 on their annual nine-game, 19-day Rodeo Road Trip. San Antonio owns the best record in the league at 41-12 and has won five straight over Cleveland — all in the post-LeBron James era for the wine and gold. “I expect the Cavs to have (foam) coming out of their mouths and the veins popping when they come out of the tunnel tonight,” Popovich joked.
  • The Cavaliers are 3-2 on their seven-game homestand, but are coming off losses to Denver (111-103 on Saturday) and Minnesota (100-92 on Monday). Cleveland is 9-15 this season at Quicken Loans Arena, which is the third-worst home record in the NBA. “As a young team, it is easier to get fired up for teams with a better record,” Popovich said. “We’re very aware of that.”
  • Inactive for the Spurs are Jackson and point guard Cory Joseph (NBA D-League assignment with Austin Toros), while the Cavaliers’ inactives are center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery) and point guard Josh Selby (NBA D-League assignment with Canton Charge).

– 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