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Cavs guard Baron Davis expected to play 20-25 minutes tonight, but won't start

By Nate Published: March 25, 2011

Cavaliers point guard Baron Davis will return to action tonight against the Detroit Pistons after being sidelined since March 17 with knee and back injuries. Davis won't start, but he's expected to play 20-25 minutes, Cavs coach Byron Scott said this morning at the team's shootaround.

"Baron will play. We had a good discussion yesterday about where he felt he was," Scott said. "He felt he was a little rusty, but also felt he wanted to be on the court. He wanted to play. We talked about limiting his minutes, obviously, but he wants to get out there and just play with his teammates and get a good feel. He will play tonight, won't start. He'll play probably between 20-25 minutes."

Davis has missed the Cavs' past three games. He was limited to about 14 minutes of playing time and sat out the entire fourth quarter with back spasms in their 111-70 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on March 17. That defeat marked the beginning of the Cavs' current four-game losing streak and Davis' recent hiatus.

"It just gives us a different look when he's out there," Scott said. "But it gives me a chance to also see how he plays with these guys and how they play with him. It should be interesting. It should be fun 'cause the three games that he did play (since arriving in a trade), he looked good. He played well, and the guys seemed to enjoy playing with him. So I'm looking forward to these last 12 (games of the season)."

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