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Pregame: Cavs at Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 4, 2011
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) and Amare Stoudemire (1) walk during a pause in play in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, in New York. Anthony scored 27 points in his debut with the team as the Knicks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108.

Cleveland Cavaliers (11-49) at New York Knicks (31-28)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: Madison Square Garden; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Samardo Samuels, C J.J. Hickson
Knicks probables: PG Toney Douglas, SG Landry Fields, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Amar'e Stoudemire, C Ronny Turiaf
Officials: Scott Foster, Derrick Collins, Violet Palmer
Injury report: Cavs -- Luke Harangody (hip) doubtful, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Antawn Jamison (pinky) out, Daniel Gibson (thigh) out, Semih Erden (shoulder, groin) out; Knicks -- Chauncey Billups (quad) doubtful.
Who's hot: Samardo Samuels had career highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Cavs' loss to the Spurs on Wednesday. Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds in two previous meetings this season.

* The Cavs have won 10 straight over the New York Knicks, which sort of defies logic. Sure, most of those wins came when the Knicks were horrendous and the Cavs had LeBron James. But the Cavs have four wins in their last 44 games, and two of those have come against the Knicks.

* Talked to some folks this morning at the Garden who said games have been like rock concerts ever since the Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony. So it should be a good atmosphere, but that could be bad news for the Cavs. Byron Scott thought the players looked scared the night they played the Lakers at Staples Center. The Garden is probably the most hallowed arena in the league. Will be interesting to see if they're intimidated by their surroundings tonight.

* Baron Davis is still expected to play. Scott will have some sort of minutes restriction on him, but didn't know this morning what it would be yet.

* Luke Harangody was a surprise participant during the morning shootaround. He seemed to be moving around OK. Scott said it was bothering him yesterday, but feeling better this morning. He's still doubtful, but Scott left open the possibility he could get on the floor tonight.

* Carmelo Anthony said the Knicks are viewing this as a payback game and that they're holding a grudge against the Cavs. Of course, the New York media is running loose with that, since, well, that's what they do. But the Knicks are bound for the playoffs and the Cavs have the worst record in the league. OF COURSE they're looking for vengeance! Yeesh.

* Toney Douglas was magnificent in the Knicks' win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday. Douglas scored 24 points starting in place of the injured Chauncey Billups and outplayed Chris Paul. The Knicks will likely again be without Billups this evening.

* J.J. Hickson wanted it to be known he's undefeated in the Garden. Duly noted.

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