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Pregame: Cavs (24-38) at Bobcats (28-33)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 7, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Time Warner Cable Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR


Injury report: Cavs: Anderson Varejao (back) out; Carrick Felix (knee) out; C.J. Miles (ankle) out; Bobcats: Gerald Henderson (calf) out; Jeff Taylor (Achilles) out; Brendan Haywood (foot) out.


Officials: Ken Mauer, Curtis Blair, Tre Maddox


Series: Bobcats lead 2-0


Streaks: Cavs L2; Bobcats W1



Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kyrie Irving 6-3, 193 21.5 3.4 6.3
SG Jarrett Jack 6-3, 200 8.5 2.6 3.8
SF Luol Deng 6-9, 220 16.6 5.9 2.9
PF Tristan Thompson 6-9, 238 12.2 9.7 1.0
C Spencer Hawes 7-1, 245 13.2 8.7 3.2



Bobcats probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kemba Walker 6-1, 184 17.8 4.3 5.5
SG Gary Neal 6-4, 210 10.2 1.6 1.6
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 6-7, 232 7.5 5.0 0.9
PF Josh McRoberts 6-10, 240 8.3 5.0 4.2
C  Al Jefferson 6-10, 289 20.9 10.5 2.1


* The Cavs have lost to the Bobcats four times already (counting two meaningless preseason games), and Big Al Jefferson didn't even play in the two regular season games that mattered. He's healthy tonight, while the Cavs are without Anderson Varejao. Not a good way to start off a critical weekend.

* And this is clearly a critical weekend for a team trying to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Cavs need at least a split between Friday and Saturday against the Knicks. If they're swept this weekend, given what lies ahead, it could be over. 

* Mike Brown acknowledged this week teams with big, physical post players have hurt the Cavs in recent weeks. The Bobcats fall right in line with Jefferson. Brown thinks the Cavs have struggled against the Bobcats so badly because everyone does something a little different and all have given the Cavs problems. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on his cuts to the basket, Gerald Henderson on the post, Kemba Walker in pick-and-roll and Josh McRoberts in pick-and-roll. "They have a lot of different types of pieces that have been able to attack us the right way," Brown said. 

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