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Pregame: Cavs at Nets

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 24, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-35) at New Jersey Nets (12-32)
Time: 7 p.m., Venue: Prudential Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Nets probable starters: PG Devin Harris, SG Stephen Graham, SF Travis Outlaw, PF Derrick Favors, C Brook Lopez
Officials: Dan Crawford, Derrick Collins, Scott Wall
Injury report: Cavs -- Ramon Sessions (abdominal) questionable, Mo Williams (hip) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out, Anthony Parker (back) out. Nets -- Damion James (broken foot) out.

* Ramon Sessions was expected to try and make it through shootaround this morning and will be a game-time decision tonight. If he is unable to play, Daniel Gibson will start at the point and Manny Harris will back him up. Byron Scott could start Harris at shooting guard, or he could bring Alonzo Gee back at the 2 since he'll need Harris at times to rest Gibson. But Boobie played 40-plus minutes Saturday against Chicago and said this morning he can play all 48 if necessary, even on that sore ankle. "I've got a big motor," he said.

* You know those signs that say "Last gas station for 20 miles?" Well this might be the Cavs' last chance at a victory for quite a while. If the Cavs lose tonight to the Nets, the franchise record for consecutive losses is almost assured. They are three from tying the record and four from breaking it. After tonight, they face the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic and Miami Heat to close out the month. Only the game against the Nuggets is at home.

* A loss tonight would likely clinch a winless month of January, too, which followed one victory in December.

* All that being said, this is the site of the Cavs' last road win. The Cavs have lost 20 in a row on the road since beating the Nets here on Nov. 9. So they've got that going for them. Unfortunately, the Nets have been playing much better ever since owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled his teams out of trade talks with the Nuggets over Carmelo Anthony.

* Anthony Parker still isn't with the team, but is expected to meet them tonight in Boston. There is a chance he could play tomorrow against the Celtics. Mo Williams, incidentally, isn't on this trip either. Williams is out three to four weeks with a strained hip.

* Derrick Rose did a good job of getting to the basket against the Cavs on Saturday, he just struggled to finish once he got there. Scott said Devin Harris is the same type of point guard who can go coast to coast, but Harris is slumping. He is shooting 35 percent (38 of 108) during the month of January.

* These are the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference and, not surprisingly, two of the league's worst scoring teams. The Cavs rank 27th in scoring at 23.2 points per game. The Nets are 29th at 92.4. Only the Bucks score fewer points per game, but even they shot better than 50 percent and dropped 100 on the Cavs in a win last week at the Q.

* You won't be seeing double tonight. Joey Graham's twin brother, Stephen, is the Nets' new starting shooting guard. They've been going at each other for six years now in the NBA, so the idea of playing against each other has worn off a little bit. But it will still be competitive if the brothers defend each other on any possession. "Just like us in the driveway again," Joey said. "I look forward to (defending him), just to see if he's going to hit me or if I'm going to hit him. It brings back old memories." As for the trash talking, it never stops. "We talk trash off the floor, on the floor, on the phone, everywhere," Joey said. "That just comes with being brothers."

* Scott was thrilled with the outcome of Sunday's AFC Championship game, since he's a lifelong Steelers fan. The Cavs play at Dallas the night after this year's Super Bowl (in Dallas), so Scott is already working on getting the team into town early on Super Bowl Sunday so he can possibly go to the game.

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