Cleveland Cavaliers (8-34) at Chicago Bulls (29-14)
Time: 8 p.m.; Venue: United Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR
Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Manny Harris, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Bulls probable starters: PG Derrick Rose, SG Keith Bogans, SF Luol Deng, PF Taj Gibson, C Kurt Thomas
Officials: Greg Willard, Nick Buchert, Gary Zielinski
Injury report: Cavs -- Mo Williams (hip) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Bulls -- Carlos Boozer (ankle) probable, Joakim Noah (hand) out.
* The Cavs actually played very well in a 100-91 loss at Chicago on New Year's Day. That marked their sixth consecutive loss and they've since lost nine more in a row.
* The Cavs, in fact, have lost 20 straight on the road. They haven't won away from home since Nov. 9 at New Jersey. Coincidentally, the Cavs' next game is at New Jersey on Monday.
* Now that all the veterans are working their way back, it will be interesting to see how Byron Scott aligns his lineup. He is trying to stick with the youngsters, but Manny Harris' ineffectiveness meant he played less than three minutes of the second half in Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
* If I had to guess -- and this is strictly a guess -- Harris has more of a chance at sticking in the starting lineup than Alonzo Gee. Anthony Parker can play small forward and leave Harris at guard, but that won't happen for at least a couple more games. Scott would probably want to make sure Parker's back isn't going to flare up again before reshuffling the starting lineup yet again.
* Carlos Boozer is expecting to play tonight for the Bulls, who have won four of their last five and currently reside in first place in the Central Division. He missed Chicago's most recent game, a home victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, because of a sprained left ankle.
* Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is really trying to carry the scoring load for the Bulls. He has taken 28 shots in each of Chicago's last two games and at least 20 in each of the last five. He is averaging 24.7 points and 8.0 assists on the season.
* I mentioned this in a Sunday notes column last week, but it bears repeating because it's so stunning. In the 12 seasons since Michael Jordan left Chicago, the Bulls have won exactly one playoff series.
- 2013 (149)
- 2012 (345)
- 2011 (275)
- 2010 (471)
- 2009 (188)
- 2008 (125)
- 2007 (164)
- 2006 (83)
- 2005 (24)