INDEPENDENCE: Anthony Parker is "probable" to play tonight, Cavs coach Byron Scott said, after he missed the last two games with a bruised sternum. No final decision will be made until he arrives at the arena tonight, but Parker would likely return to the starting lineup if he is cleared to return.
Parker is averaging just 6.8 points and 2.5 rebounds, but matched his career high with 27 points in his most recent game last week at Milwaukee.
The Cavaliers will face a pitiful Bobcats team that has lost 12 straight and was drilled at home last night by the lowly Wizards 113-85. They're just 3-26 on the road and will be playing the second night of a back-to-back after showing little energy in last night's home loss, all the more reason Scott is calling this a trap game for the Cavs.
Scott has a longstanding theory that facing a team the Cavs should beat is like going to the zoo and looking at the monkeys. He routinely tells his players, "What are the monkeys doing when you look at them?" The answer, of course, is they're looking right back at you. The illustration is that the Bobcats look at the Cavaliers as a winnable game, just as the Cavs view the Bobcats.
Charlotte needs one more victory to avoid ending the season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history and it is running out of games to escape the record. Scott noticed a few players lagging a bit during this morning's shootaround and did his best to snap them out of it.
"I told the coaches this morning, we're back at the zoo," Scott said. "I had to wake up (the players) in our walkthrough because a few guys were (nonchalant). This team will come out ready to play tonight, so we have to be ready to play."
The Cavs have lost their last two home games by a combined 72 points.