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JAZZ AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Jazz point guard Mo Williams (right thumb surgery) returns to action for the first time since Dec. 22 at Miami and will start. Williams had two torn ligaments repaired in a Jan. 4 operation, then had two pins removed from his thumb on Feb. 13. “Mo’s minutes will be guarded a little bit tonight, but we’re glad to have his energy back in the lineup,” Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. “We’ll play it by ear how long he goes.” Former Cavaliers fan favorite Williams, who sat out the Jazz’s previous 32 games, is averaging 12.9 points and a team-high 6.7 assists in 24 contests this season.
  • Jazz center Al Jefferson (left ankle sprain) will miss his third straight contest, but Corbin said, “Al is getting better. When he’s ready to go, we’ll make the call to get him back in there.” Derrick Favors will start at center, alongside power forward Paul Millsap, small forward DeMarre Carroll, shooting guard Randy Foye, and Williams. Carroll replaces Marvin Williams in the lineup in what Corbin termed a “coach’s decision. I like the way DeMarre can run the floor.” This is Utah’s 12th different lineup in 61 games in 2012-2013.
  • The Cavaliers will only have 10 players in uniform as shooting guards Dion Waiters (flu) and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (flu) will not play. Center Tyler Zeller (flu) is starting after sitting out Cleveland’s 102-97 loss to New York on Monday. “The thing I like the most about Tyler is his competitiveness,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “I know he’s going to keep fighting and he’ll learn from everything he’s gone through this season.”
  • Cleveland’s lineup is NBA All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and Zeller. Ellington made his first start with the Cavaliers against the Knicks, but only scored seven points in 27 minutes. This is Cleveland’s 11th different starting five this season.
  • Inactive for the Cavaliers are small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery), while the Jazz is not dressing Jefferson and shooting guard Raja Bell (not with team). Utah has won six straight games over Cleveland.

– 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

MAVERICKS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (left orbital bone fracture) is in uniform for the first time since being injured on Nov. 5 at the Clippers. The rookie from North Carolina was elbowed in the face by Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan, suffering a concussion that caused him to miss Cleveland’s last four games. “Tyler coming back will shore up our bench, but I’m just hoping this injury doesn’t set him back because he was playing well,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. Zeller was fitted with a protective face mask and will wear it for the forseeable future.
  • Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion will make his second straight start after sitting out five games with a sprained left medial collateral ligament. Marion had two points and seven rebounds Friday at Indiana, where Dallas was blown out 103-83. “We’ve just got to flush (that game) and get ready for tonight,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, whose squad is 1-4 since Nov. 9 and has slipped to .500 on the season.
  • The remainder of Dallas’ lineup is center Chris Kaman, power forward Elton Brand, shooting guard O.J. Mayo, and point guard Darren Collison. Cleveland will start point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Anderson Varejao.
  • The Cavaliers return home after going 1-5 on their season-long, 11-day road trip. Scott said he will continue using a nine-man rotation, but would not reveal which four players will come off the bench against the Mavericks. “We’re going to change it a tad tonight,” the coach said. “I’m patient, but I’m not patient. Stay tuned.”
  • Dallas’ inactives were power forward Dirk Nowitzki (right knee surgery) and guard Jared Cunningham. Cleveland did not dress power forward Luke Harangody (right knee surgery) and power forward Jon Leuer. Harangody underwent an arthroscopic procedure Friday and is expected to be sidelined until late December.

– Brian Dulik