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Pregame: Cavs at Suns

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 9, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-28) at Phoenix Suns (14-20)
Time: 8 p.m., Venue: U.S. Airways Arena, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Manny Harris, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C Ryan Hollins
Suns probable starters: PG Steve Nash, SG Vince Carter, SF Grant Hill, PF Channing Frye, C Robin Lopez
Officials: Dan Crawford, Matt Boland, Brian Forte
Injury report: Cavs -- Anthony Parker (back) questionable, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Daniel Gibson (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out, Joey Graham (quad) out; Suns -- Gani Lawal (knee) out.

* Byron Scott said at shootaround this morning there would be lineup changes, but he didn't want to announce them yet because he hadn't told the players. He said a couple of days ago he would probably rotate Alonzo Gee and Christian Eyenga at small forward, and Gee did nothing Friday night at Golden State to make Scott think any differently.

* As for any other changes, Samardo Samuels could start at center in place of Ryan Hollins, but that would be an awfully big leap, considering Samuels hasn't played much yet since being recalled.

* Anthony Parker has been upgraded to questionable for tonight, but it really just depends on how his back is feeling. No real update on Anderson Varejao, while Daniel Gibson tweeted that he got back on a court for the first time. The hope is that Gibson will be ready to play when the Cavs come off this trip.

* Jamario Moon is sinking deeper and deeper on the depth chart and it's obvious Scott has lost a lot of faith in his former starter. Scott said he doesn't like the way Moon is playing defense, which was a shock to Moon. He thought his defense has been fine. Scott also wants to get a long look at Eyenga, Gee and Manny Harris, since they have a better chance at being part of the Cavs' long term future than Moon. Moon said he approached an assistant coach recently and asked why he can't get on the floor. He says he was told it's because he laughs and jokes around too much and no one knows when he's serious. So there's obviously a communication breakdown there somewhere.

* The Suns are a mess, too. They've lost three straight and 11 of their last 14. This is not the explosive up-and-down Suns team of the past. The loss of Amar'e Stoudemire has never been more evident than the other night, when Stoudemire and former Suns coach Mike D'Antoni blistered the Suns by 25. It was their worst home loss in 10 years.

* Grant Hill is playing in his 900th career game tonight. At 38, he's trying to become the seventh player in NBA history to average at least 13 points at age 38 or older. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and Robert Parish are on the list already. Hill is one of the few active players remaining who played against Scott.

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