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Pregame: Cavs at Clippers

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 19, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (13-54) at Los Angeles Clippers (26-43)
Time: 3:30 p.m.; Venue: Staples Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Samardo Samuels, C J.J. Hickson
Clippers probables: PG Mo Williams, SG Randy Foye, SF Ryan Gomes, PF Blake Griffin, C DeAndre Jordan
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Antawn Jamison (pinky) out, Semih Erden (groin) doubtful, Baron Davis (bereavement) probable; Clippers -- Eric Gordon (wrist) questionable.
By the numbers: J.J. Hickson has reached double figures just once in his last four games. ... Clippers forward Blake Griffin has totaled 22 points in his last two games. He is averaging 22.2 for the season. He is shooting 32 percent (7 of 22) over that span. ... Center DeAndre Jordan is shooting 77 percent (34 of 44) during March.

Notes
* The Cavs have struggled piecing together consistent efforts in consecutive games. No matter how many times coach Byron Scott rips his players publicly, they still aren't giving him what he wants. That was evident in Thursday's 41-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

* Fans will get a look at the new and improved Mo Williams, who has looked invigorated since getting dealt to the Clippers. Williams is averaging 16.9 points and shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers with the Clippers. He averaged 13.3 points and shot 27 percent on 3s this season with the Cavs.

* Williams was a nice addition to the Cavs when he came here, but it was time to move him. He's an incredibly emotional player to begin with and he never seemed to recover from how far the Cavs fell and as quickly as it happened. The Cavs wound up with a better point guard in Baron Davis (when he plays) and a top draft pick. Hard to fault the deal.

* Speaking of Davis, he didn't sound on Thursday like a guy ready to play a game this afternoon. Davis said he wasn't going to push it and that he wanted to be healthy before he played again. More than likely, he'll miss the game. I'm sure he would've loved to have faced his former team, but the back spasms just might not let him. Between the knee injury and the death of his grandmother, Davis has only played in three games for the Cavs since the trade.

* The news isn't as good for Jamario Moon, who is averaging 12 minutes in nine games with the Clippers. Moon is averaging 3.2 points and playing sparingly in Los Angeles.

* The Clippers received an immediate jolt from the trade and enjoyed a season-high four-game winning streak with Williams running the offense. They have since cooled slightly. Los Angeles is 5-4 in games Williams has started at point guard.

* The Clippers could receive a boost today from Eric Gordon, who has missed the last six games since reaggravating an injured wrist on March 5.

* For the first time in quite some time, the Cavs are in a win-win situation today. They're already the worst team in the league, which if it continues assures them off the best odds of the No. 1 pick. If they beat the Clippers, they benefit, since they hold the Clippers' No. 1 pick as well.

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