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Pregame: Cavs at Grizzlies

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 4, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-41) at Memphis Grizzlies (26-24)
Time: 8 p.m.; Venue: FedEx Forum; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Manny Harris, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Grizzlies probable starters: PG Mike Conley, SG Sam Young, SF Rudy Gay, PF Zach Randolph, C Marc Gasol
Officials: David Jones, Mark Ayotte, Tommy Nunez Jr.
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (quad) probable, Mo Williams (hip) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Grizzlies -- O.J. Mayo (suspension) out.

Notes
* One of many days the Cavs didn't want to face. Another loss and they will tie the Vancouver Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets for the NBA's longest single-season losing streak in history at 23 games.

* Just to compound their problems, Zach Randolph will probably be an angry man tonight. Randolph put up All-Star numbers during the first half, averaging 20 points and 13.2 rebounds. He was even better in 14 January games, averaging 22.4 points and 14.2 rebounds.

* The Cavs allowed 16 offensive rebounds to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, so coach Byron Scott called them out to be more physical and aggressive tonight against the Grizzlies. If the Cavs let Randolph get loose down low, it's going to be (another) long night.

* Daniel Gibson, barring something unexpected, should be back in uniform and available. That's a good thing for the Cavs, who don't have a healthy point guard on the roster right now (Ramon Sessions is playing through a hernia).

* Manny Harris seems to be growing more comfortable every minute he's on the court. Harris said in early January he was still tentative to sometimes take his shot, particularly 3s. Late in the game against the Pacers, Harris was hoisting 3s. None of them fell, but the confidence is clearly there now. He is averaging a 7.5 points per game this season, but 19.7 over his last three games.

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