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Pregame: Cavs at Jazz

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 10, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-4) at Utah Jazz (5-3)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: EnergySolutions Arena; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (15.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Anthony Parker (7.1, 2.3, 2.1), SF Omri Casspi (6.5, 2.3, 1.5), PF Antawn Jamison (16.0, 5.9, 0.9), C Anderson Varejao (9.1, 10.1, 1.6)
Jazz probables: PG Devin Harris (9.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 4.5 apg), SG Raja Bell (3.3, 1.5, 1.3), SF Gordon Hayward (9.3, 2.9, 3.0), PF Paul Millsap (11.9, 8.4, 1.3), C Al Jefferso (18.1, 8.4, 1.3)
Injury report: Cavs -- None; Jazz -- None
Officials: Zach Zarba, Mark Lindsay, James Williams

* The Jazz enter tonight's game winners of four straight after a choppy 1-3 start. The Cavs will have their hands full with center Al Jefferson, who is averaging 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds. He is averaging 20.8 points during the winning streak.

* Anderson Varejao will be the main man in charge at slowing Jefferson tonight. Varejao has been a key cog at both ends of the floor and Scott is thrilled to have him back after a season-ending ankle injury last January.

* Varejao might have the highest trade value for the Cavs, but Scott doesn't see him going anywhere. "It would have to be an unbelievable person to get back," Scott said. "I look at him as one of the guys you look at and say, 'He's not going anywhere.' I just feel he's that valuable and feel that strongly about him and what he means to this team."

* Daniel Gibson has been in the league for five years and recalls a former teammate telling him that around now is when he'll discover what type of player he is in this league. Gibson has embraced the fact he's a 3-point specialist who is called on to hit big shots in the fourth quarter. "When I first got to the NBA, somebody told me around this year is the time where you kind of know what you are in this league," Gibson said. "That's pretty much what I've done my whole NBA career. That's kind of my thing and the role I look forward to." Gibson couldn't remember who the former teammate was, but said it was either LeBron James, David Wesley or Damon Jones.

* The Cavs are averaging 16.1 turnovers, which rank as the fifth-most in the league. Part of that is the product of a 19-year-old starting point guard and part of that, Scott said, is guys figuring out when to push and when to pull back and run the offense. They had a season-high 24 turnovers against Portland on Sunday and have committed 20-plus turnovers in three of eight games.

* The Jazz enter ranked second in the league in blocked shots, averaging 7.5 per game. That's noteworthy because Kyrie Irving had at least three shots swatted by the Blazers on drives to the basket.

* Cavs center Semih Erden and Jazz rookie Enes Kanter spent a season playing together for Turkey in the Euroleague. Kanter was only 15 at the time, but Erden remembers him as a tough kid who didn't back down from grown men twice his age. Kanter, selected third overall by the Jazz last summer, is averaging 4.6 points and 5.4 rebounds as a backup.

* Kanter went against Tristan Thompson in the Cavs' private workout, then the Cavs selected Thompson with the pick after Kanter went. "I did OK," Thompson said. "Chris Grant knows how I did."

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