Posts Tagged ‘Luke Walton injury’

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

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