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Pregame: Cavs at Kings

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 16, 2011
Drivers on southbound Interstate 5 in Sacramento, Calif., are greeted by a new billboard implying the NBA Sacramento KIngs might be moving, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The NBA confirmed over the All-Star break weekend that the Maloof family, which owns the Kings, has been in talks with Anaheim officials about possibly moving the team where they would play in the Honda Center. Under NBA rules the Maloofs have until March 1 to file a relocation request request with the league. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Cleveland Cavaliers (12-53) at Sacramento Kings (16-49)
Time: 10 p.m.; Venue: Power Balance Pavilion; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Samardo Samuels, C J.J. Hickson
Kings probables: PG Beno Udrih, SG Marcus Thornton, SF Francisco Garcia, PF DeMarcus Cousins, C Samuel Dalembert
Officials: Dan Crawford, John Goble, Scott Wall
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Antawn Jamison (pinky) out, Semih Erden (groin) doubtful, Baron Davis (bereavement) out; Kings -- Tyreke Evans (foot) out, Hassan Whiteside (knee) out.
By the numbers: Samardo Samuels is averaging 14.2 points and eight rebounds in six games since replacing Antawn Jamison in the starting lineup. ... J.J. Hickson is shooting 30 percent (14 of 46) in his last four games. ... Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 19.9 points and 11.1 rebounds in his last seven games.

Notes
* This game is for all the lottery balls. Or something like that. The Cavs and Kings are the worst teams in their respective conferences. The Cavs have a four-game lead on the Kings in the race for the worst record and the most ping pong balls in May's draft lottery.

* The Cavs have plenty of their own problems, but the Kings have much bigger issues. Fans around here are all but resigned to the fact there are seven home games left in Sacramento Kings history. It's looking more and more likely the team will relocate to Anaheim, Calif. after the season.

* Byron Scott began his coaching career here as an assistant. He said the atmosphere inside the arena was electric and that it would be "devastating" to the city if they lost the Kings. Without a deal for a new arena, it's looking more and more likely. There are billboards around town near the arena depicting deflated basketballs and messages pleading for the team not to leave, but it doesn't look good right now.

* Scott freely admitted this morning he isn't really sure what to expect out of the Cavs tonight. He again didn't hide the fact he has been incredibly disappointed in their effort and performance the last couple of games and he's not happy with the way they have reverted back to their lackadaisical ways from the 26-game losing streak. It's clear Scott thought this team had moved past some of those issues, but they haven't.

* The Kings have been slowed by Tyreke Evans' plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Tonight marks the 15th game Evans has missed with the injury and he's missed 19 games this season. The Kings are 4-15 with him out of the lineup.

* Marcus Thornton erupted for a career high 42 points in the Kings' win over Golden State on Monday. Scott coached Thornton briefly last season after he was drafted in the second round by Miami and traded immediately to the New Orleans Hornets. Scott said there were questions about his size and work ethic, which is why he lasted into the second round. But Thornton has proven to be an explosive scorer at times. Thornton averaged 9.8 points a game this season with the Hornets, but is averaging better than 22 in 10 games with the Kings.

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