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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

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