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Pregame: Cavs (17-26) at Hawks (26-20)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2012


Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kyrie Irving 6-3, 191 18.7 3.7 5.6
SG Anthony Parker 6-6, 210 5.9  2.3 2.3
SF Alonzo Gee 6-6, 219 10.8 4.5 1.6
PF Antawn Jamison 6-9, 235 18.3 6.6 2.0
C Tristan Thompson 6-9, 227 7.2 5.9 0.4


Joe Johnson, Kyrie Irving

Hawks probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Jeff Teague 6-2, 181 12.2 4.3 2.3
SG Kirk Hinrich 6-4, 190 6.4   2.6   1.9
SF Joe Johnson 6-7, 240 19.0  3.8 3.5
PF Josh Smith 6-9, 225 17.5  9.5 3.9
C Zaza Pachulia 6-11, 275 7.5   7.5 1.4


Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: Philips Arena, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC

Officials: Ron Garretson, Tony Brown, Kevin Cutler

Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (ankle) questionable, Anderson Varejao (wrist) out; Hawks -- Willie Green (hamstring) questionable, Vladimir Radmanovic (back) questionable, Marvin Williams (hip) questionable, Al Horford (pectoral) out, Jannero Pargo (appendectomy) out

* Byron Scott said he wants to see what Tristan Thompson learned from struggling against Zaza Pachulia during Sunday's home loss to the Hawks. It was Thompson's first start at center and Pachulia used his massive size advantage to throw Thompson around a little bit inside.

* "Zaza beat me up," Thompson said. "He out-rebounded me, he beat me down the floor. It's unacceptable. Tonight, I have to bounce back and hit him first."

* Scott still believes power forward is Thompson's long-term fit with the Cavs, but he wants the rookie to have experience at both positions. He also believes both Thompson and Kyrie Irving will play on the Cavs' summer league team. Top picks (and their agents) sometimes bristle at the idea of playing summer league after their rookie season, but neither had the opportunity to do it last year because of the lockout.

* Scott's point is he just wants them playing together as much as possible. "The more they play together, the better they’re going to be and the more they’ll get to know each other. I think that’s important," he said. "Even if we have six or eight summer league games, even if they just play half of them, they just need to play together."

* Daniel Gibson is listed as questionable for tonight, but Scott doesn't expect him to play because of that sprained left ankle. 

* Apparently the "clerical error" that left Manny Harris inactive for Monday's game had as much to do with the league as the Cavs. The NBA provides each team official lineup cards each night and it's the coach's job to circle the names of all the active players. Harris' name was somehow left off the official card provided by the league. Scott went through and circled everyone's number except Anderson Varejao and Luke Harangody, the two inactives every game right now. No one caught that Harris' name wasn't on the sheet.

* While he was out shooting during pregame warmups, one of the officials approached Harris and told him he was inactive, and therefore couldn't be out on the floor shooting. Harris went running into the locker room to find out why and that's when the mistake was discovered.

* Scott confirmed that Ryan Hollins' agent called Cavs General Manager Chris Grant and asked for Hollins to be released. Grant called Scott, who gave the OK. Hollins wasn't in the Cavs' long-term plans anyway.

* Luke Walton won't play tonight and probably won't play Friday at Orlando, either. Scott wants him to get another good practice in Thursday and is considering using him for Sunday's home game against Phoenix. 

* The players visited the World Trade Center memorial during Tuesday's off day. It was the first visit to the site for many of the players on the team. The Cavs are actually the first NBA team to visit the site. It was Grant's idea and Scott eagerly agreed to it.

* Scott was the head coach in New Jersey during the Sept. 11 attacks. He was driving into his office at the team's practice facility when he looked to his left and saw the first tower on fire. He ran into the office and turned on the television, then watched the second tower strike. "It was like a movie. You didn't think this was really happening," Scott said. "I was just shocked."

* Antawn Jamison was in California that morning and watched the events transpire on television. Tuesday marked his first trip to the memorial. "You need situations (as a team) away from basketball to put things in perspective," he said. "We did it on an off day and basketball was the furthest thing from my mind. We were just regular people out there. There were a lot of other people out there doing the same thing we were doing. It's good to do things like that and to expand our horizons a little bit. It's good for us to see the impact something like this had not only on New York, but the rest of the world."




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