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Pregame: Bobcats (7-48) at Cavs (18-36)

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 10, 2012

 7 p.m.; Quicken Loans Arena; FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC

Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Donald Sloan 6-3, 205 3.8 1.8 2.7
SG Anthony Parker 6-6, 210 6.8 2.5 2.5
SF Alonzo Gee 6-6, 219 10.8 5.1 1.8
PF Antawn Jamison 6-9, 235 17.9 6.5 1.9
C Tristan Thompson 6-9, 227 8.0 6.3 0.4

 

Bobcats probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kemba Walker 6-1, 184 12.3 3.5 4.4
SG Gerald Henderson 6-5, 215 14.3 4.1 2.2
SF Derrick Brown 6-8, 233 7.3 3.3 0.9
PF Byron Mullens 7-0, 275 9.8 4.9 0.7
C Bismack Biyombo 6-9, 245 4.8 5.6 0.4

 

Injury report: Cavs -- Anthony Parker (sternum) probable, Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out, Daniel Gibson (foot) out, Anderson Varejao (wrist) out; Bobcats -- D.J. Augustin (knee) questionable, Corey Maggette (Achilles) probable, Reggie Williams (knee) questionable, Eduardo Najera out.

Officials: Mike Callahan, Matt Boland, Marat Kogut

Notes

* Think the Cavs' roster is ugly? Take a look at the Bobcats. The worst team in the league staggers into the Q tonight on a 12-game losing streak and winners of just three road games all season.

* That's the kind of stuff that terrifies Byron Scott, given how the Cavaliers have failed to show up in similar games like this. The Bobcats were drilled at home last night by the equally pathetic Washington Wizards. Scott believes the Bobcats will be up for this game tonight and the Cavs better be ready.

* In this strike-shortened season, mere victories isn't a proper barometer for patheticness in historical terms. Winning percentage is what matters, and the Bobcats need one more win to ensure they won't finish with the lowest winning percentage in NBA history.

* Needless to say, there aren't many games left on the schedule that look winnable for the 'Cats, but this is one of them. It goes back to Scott's old theory about watching the monkeys at the zoo. 

* The illustration he loves to use is when visiting monkeys at the zoo, they're looking back at you, meaning every game a team like the Cavs thinks is a win on the schedule, the opponent feels the same way. 

* Here is an interesting profile on Michael Jordan and the Bobcats, which recently ran in the Washington Post. The skinny? Jordan was the most competitive player in the league during his time in the NBA, but it hasn't carried over to ownership.

* Anthony Parker is probable for tonight's game after missing the last two with a bruised sternum. As long as he isn't sore when he arrives at the arena tonight, he'll likely be in the starting lineup.

* Tonight's game begins a grueling stretch of seven games in nine days. Donald Sloan said today he's never played so many games in so little time, which prompted a discussion about how Sloan has only missed two games to injuries in his life. 

* One of those was his junior year of high school, when he was bitten by a spider. The first doctor he visited didn't properly treat the bite, which eventually grew infected. Sloan had to have his thigh cut open and the puss drained out and missed a game as a result. He still has the scar on his knee from the initial bite.

* Despite all the injuries, the Cavs left Luke Harangody in the Development League to play with the Canton Charge. Scott said the idea of promoting Harangody was discussed, but all the injuries were in the backcourt and Harangody is a forward. He is playing well and a key cog to the Charge's playoff push, so the Cavs chose to leave him down there. 

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