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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, 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