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Pregame: Bobcats at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 5, 2011

Charlotte Bobcats (32-44) at Cleveland Cavaliers (15-61)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q: TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Bobcats probable starters: PG D.J. Augustin, SG Gerald Henderson, SF Dante Cunningham, PF Boris Diaw, C Kwame Brown

Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) out, Antawn Jamison (finger) out. Bobcats -- DeSagana Diop (Achilles) out; Stephen Jackson (hamstring) doubtful, Shaun Livingston (tailbone) doubtful, Eduardo Najera (back spasms) doubtful, Joel Przybilla (knee) out, Tyrus Thomas (knee) out.

* Tonight marks Paul Silas' return to Cleveland for the first time since he was fired after the 2004-05 season. Silas had been out of coaching until the Bobcats called him back after Larry Brown quit early in the season.

* The injury-riddled Bobcats' playoff hopes are on life support. They trail the Indiana Pacers for the eighth and final playoff spot by two games and the Pacers hold the tiebreaker, so the Bobcats essentially have to make up three games over their final six. And with games remaining against Miami, Orlando and Atlanta, every game is critical.

* Semih Erden was sore today after going through practice yesterday for the first time in weeks. He won't play tonight and he won't accompany the team to Toronto for tomorrow's game, but coach Byron Scott seems confident Erden will make it back for the last couple of games. He's only played once for the Cavs.

* Christian Eyenga "still has a long ways to go," according to Scott. But Eyenga may have found a flaw in his shot. Actually, Cavs assistant Chris Jent spotted it during the preseason and Eyenga didn't really do anything about it until Antawn Jamison pointed it out again after practice on Tuesday. When Eyenga shoots jumpers in practice, he steps toward the basket and steps into his shot. When he shoots them in games, his left foot steps sideways instead of into the shot. Jent pointed this out long ago, but Eyenga never really listened until Jamison pointed it out again following practice. Shows the importance of veteran leadership, and how players can sometimes get messages across to youngsters that the coaches can't.

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