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Pregame: Cavs (17-32) at Knicks (26-26)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2012

 7:30 p.m.; Madison Square Garden; FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC

 

Cavs probables

Name

Ht, Wt

Pts

Rebs

Asts

PG Kyrie Irving

6-3, 191

18.9

4.0

5.7

SG Anthony Parker

6-6, 210

6.1

2.5

2.4

SF Alonzo Gee

6-6, 219

10.7

4.9

1.7

PF Antawn Jamison

6-9, 235

17.6

6.5

1.9

C Tristan Thompson

6-9, 227

7.8

6.3

0.4

 

Knicks probables

Name

Ht, Wt

Pts

Rebs

Asts

PG Baron Davis

6-3, 191

5.6

2.2

5.1

SG Iman Shumpert

6-5, 220

9.8

3.2

2.8

SF Landry Fields

6-7, 215

10.6

4.8

1.7

PF Carmelo Anthony

6-8, 230

20.7

6.0

3.7

C Tyson Chandler

7-1, 240

11.1

9.6

1.0

 

Injuries: Cavs -- Kyrie Irving (shoulder) questionable, Daniel Gibson (foot) out, Anderson Varejao (wrist) out; Knicks -- Amare Stoudemire (back) out, Jeremy Lin (knee) doubtful

 

Officials: Bill Spooner, Josh Tiven, Sean Wright

 

Notes

* Kyrie Irving is listed as questionable for tonight and will be a game-time decision. He sprained his right shoulder in last night's loss to the Bucks and said he was in "a lot of pain" as he left the arena.

 

* If Irving is unable to play, the Cavs are thin at point guard. Donald Sloan is the only healthy point guard on the roster. Anthony Parker can handle the ball on occasion, Manny Harris proved last year he couldn’t do it and I have no idea if newly signed Lester Hudson has any ball-handling ability. We might all find out tonight.

 

* The Cavs have major issues right now, obviously. They can’t score and they can’t defend. That’s a pretty good formula for losses, which is why they have dropped six in a row and eight of their last nine.

 

* The Cavs’ second unit right now consists of Sloan, Harris, Hudson, Omri Casspi, Samardo Samuels and Luke Walton. Only Casspi and Samuels have been with the team for more than two weeks, which helps explain why the second unit is having so much trouble scoring.

 

* The Knicks have their own issues. Jeremy Lin’s knee injury seems worse than it first appeared and coach Mike Woodson hinted before Friday’s game that both Lin and Amar’e Stoudemire might miss the rest of the season. That would obviously be a crushing blow to the Knicks’ postseason hopes.

 

* The Knicks have won eight of their last 10 and are playing surprisingly well under Woodson, who took over after Mike D’Antoni stepped down a couple of weeks ago.

 

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