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Pregame: Cavs at Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (15-60) at New York Knicks (37-38)
Time: 6 p.m.; Venue: Madison Square Garden; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Knicks probables: PG Chauncey Billups, SG Landry Fields, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Shelden Williams, C Amar'e Stoudemire
Officials: Derrick Stafford, Brent Barnaky, David Jones
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) out, Antawn Jamison (finger) out, Samardo Samuels (wrist) questionable; Knicks -- Ronny Turiaf (ankle) questionable, Andy Rautins (knee) out.
Who's hot/who's not: Ramon Sessions has scored 50 points in his last two games, both off the bench. ... Daniel Gibson, shooting 42 percent for the year on 3-pointers, is shooting just 28 percent (5 of 18) in his last five games. ... New York’s Amar’e Stoudemire is averaging 31.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in three games against the Cavs this season. ... Since March 13, Chauncey Billups is shooting 29 percent on 3-pointers (21 of 72).

* It's not definite, but it appears Samardo Samuels will be available tonight for the Cavs. Coach Byron Scott still hadn't conferred with trainer Max Benton as of an hour before the game, but if Benton cleared Samuels, Scott will play him.

* Samuels banged around on the court with assistant coach Jahmal Mosley before the game tonight. He said the wrist is feeling better and that he can shoot free throws now, which seemed to be the last hurdle before he could return.

* Hard to believe the Cavs are 3-0 against the Knicks this season and carry an 11-game winning streak over them into tonight's game. The only other team the Cavs have beaten more than once this season is the Philadelphia 76ers.

* Scott thinks the Cavs are just a good matchup for the playoff-bound Knicks. The Knicks don't overpower them at any position and the Cavs, particularly in the last game at the Garden, have just had a knack of hitting big shots at big times.

* This is the final Sunday game of the season, which suits Scott just fine. The Cavs are winless on Sundays this season, and most of those games start at odd times. Scott has tried everything to no avail on Sundays. This time he canceled shootaround, but got the players out of bed and brought them in for an early breakfast meeting to make sure they didn't enjoy New York too much last night.

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