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Pregame: Cavs at Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 30, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) at Indiana Pacers (2-0)
7 p.m.; Bankers Life Fieldhouse; Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM

Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Pacers probables: PG Darren Collison, SG Paul George, SF Danny Granger, PF David West, C Roy Hibbert
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out; Pacers -- Jeff Foster (back) out, Jeff Pendergraph (knee) out.
Officials: Bill Spooner, David Guthrie, Josh Tiven

* Byron Scott is sticking with Samardo Samuels as his backup center, and for good reason. Samuels looked good Wednesday at Detroit and provides a scoring punch the Cavs need. It's a mismatch when he has to defend the 7-foot Hibbert, but Scott thinks he can manage the matchups so that won't happen.

* Scott generally doesn't like to go beyond a nine-man rotation, but he feels comfortable with his top 10 and doesn't see it changing anytime soon. As long as the bench players remain productive, they'll continue to play.

* No player is averaging more than 28 minutes through two games, which Scott likes to see. Particularly in a shortened season, the less wear and tear he can put on guys' bodies, the better.

* The addition of West might make the Pacers the most improved team in the Eastern Conference. He and Darren Collison are running the same pick-and-rolls they ran as teammates in New Orleans and they're getting many of the same results.

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