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Pregame: Cavs at Jazz

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 14, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-30) at Utah Jazz (26-13)
Time: 9 p.m., Venue: EnergySolutions Arena, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Manny Harris, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Jazz probable starters: PG Deron Williams, SG Raja Bell, SF Andrei Kirilenko, PF Paul Millsap, C Al Jefferson
Officials: James Capers, Mark Lindsay, Sean Wright
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (ankle) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Christian Eyenga (ankle) out, Joey Graham (quad) out; Jazz -- None.

* Mo Williams came clean this morning: If it wasn't for all the other injured Cavs, he'd probably be sitting out right now. His legs/groin injury is that bad. He can't get any lift on his shots, which is a big reason why he's shooting 28 percent (15 of 53) from the floor in the month of January. With so many other guys out, though, Williams is trying to play through it.

* Scott isn't overly concerned -- yet -- about Anthony Parker's mysterious back ailment. Parker was simply frustrated with how slowly the back was healing and he wanted a second opinion, so he returned to Cleveland and was examined at The Cleveland Clinic. Doesn't sound like they found much of anything different, either.

* Neither Daniel Gibson nor Christian Eyenga will play tonight against the Jazz or tomorrow against the Denver Nuggets. Scott said it was a mistake to rush Eyenga back on the floor Tuesday against the Lakers and doesn't want to make the same mistake again. The Cavs will take Sunday off after returning home from this trip. After another couple of practices, he believes they'll both be ready to play when the Cavs host Phoenix on Wednesday.

* Scott has not had conversations with Cavs GM Chris Grant about adding another big, he said this morning. The Cavs have to get healthy first, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see them make a move following this road trip once Gibson and Eyenga return from their ankle injuries. Of course, that move could be the trade for Charlotte's Gerald Wallace, which Yahoo! Sports reported on this morning. The Cavs aren't commenting on it yet.

* As for the Jazz, they're right back where they've always been -- on top. Utah is tied for first in the Northwest Division and playing well again behind Deron Williams. If there is a team the Cavaliers can model during this rebuild, it's the Jazz. They lost two superstars in John Stockton and Karl Malone, but recovered quicker than most teams have throughout history.

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