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Pregame: Cavs at Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 22, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-20) at Atlanta Hawks (18-12)
7 p.m.; Philips Arena; FS Ohio, WAKR/WTAM

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Anthony Parker, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Hawks probable starters: PG Mike Bibby, SG Joe Johnson, SF Josh Smith, PF Al Horford, C Jason Collins
Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Brent Barnaky, Zach Zarba
Injury report: Cavs -- Joey Graham (quad) out, Leon Powe (finger) questionable; Hawks -- Jamal Crawford (back) questionable.

* It's the holiday season and few people have longer wish lists than Byron Scott. What's he want most for the Cavs? A big who can draw double teams in the post. He's never had one in all of his years as a head coach. "If you have a good post up player, he's probably going to have his way down there a lot," Scott said. "Then when teams do double him, you leave shooters wide open. When you double him, if you're patient on the weak side, you get all the spacing and all the shots you want."

* Scott isn't really disappointed with where the Cavs are in the Princeton offense. He thinks the grasp of the system has improved tremendously since adding Daniel Gibson and Antawn Jamison to the starting lineup. But guys just aren't making enough shots.

* Scott was disappointed the Cavs didn't feed Gibson more in Monday's loss to the Jazz. He was feeling it on 3-pointers, hitting 7 of 8. Scott wished they would have gone back to him even more after he hit a few in a row.

* Joey Graham did not make the trip, instead staying behind in Cleveland to rest his injured right quad. Leon Powe went through shootaround this morning and there's a decent chance he could be active tonight. But that hardly means he'll get on the court.

* The Hawks easily handled the new-look Orlando Magic on Monday, but they have some bad losses this season. They've lost focuses against some of the weaker teams, losing to both the Pistons and the Nets over the last eight days. They're playing much better defense, though, holding their last three opponents under 90 points. The Cavs are 27th in the league in scoring, averaging 93.9 points per game.

* Atlanta's Al Horford grabbed his 2,500th career rebound in the victory over the Magic. He is fourth in the league in field goal percentage at 57.5 percent.

* The Cavs have won five of the last seven in the series, but the Hawks won the only other meeting this season, 100-88 in Cleveland on Nov. 2. They shot better than 70 percent in the first quarter and scored 40 points to race out to a big lead that really wasn't threatened the rest of the way.

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