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Pregame: Cavs at Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 7, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-27) at Golden State Warriors (14-21)
Time: 10:30 p.m., Venue: Oracle Arena, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Manny Harris, SF Alonzo Gee/Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C Ryan Hollins
Warriors probable starters: PG Stephen Curry, SG Monta Ellis, SF Dorell Wright, PF David Lee, C Andris Biedrins
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (ankle) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Joey Graham (quad) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Warriors -- None.

* The Cavs already weren't very good. Now they've been wrecked with injuries. Two of their top three players, Daniel Gibson and Anderson Varejao, could miss this entire west coast trip. Gibson will for sure, he's not with the team. But Varejao was sitting at practice this morning in a walking boot and won't play tonight. Being in a boot, he could be out for a while.

* Anthony Parker, a third starter, is also out with a stiff back. Parker has never had back problems before in his career, but he does now. Parker won't return until the inflammation in the back is gone. No one quite knows yet when that will be.

* Byron Scott just sat Samardo Samuels down the other day and told him he's getting close. That's going to have to be good enough. Without Varejao and Powe, Samuels is in line to receive some big minutes moving forward. His offensive game is improving and on defense, Scott said he needs to communicate better. But then, he has been saying that about a lot of the Cavs' players this season.

* Through it all, Scott is staying positive and upbeat. He is still insisting the Cavs will rebound quickly from this season and be a much better team next year -- provided a lockout doesn't wipe out next season. He has rebuilt teams in both New Jersey and New Orleans and believes he can do it again here.

* On the flip side of this is the Warriors, who have their entire roster healthy and available for the first time since 2008 and are playing pretty well. This is their first home game since going 2-3 on an east coast swing through Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando and New Orleans. They beat the Bobcats and the Hornets and played well in the other games, too.

* The Warriors are explosive offensively and can hang 130 points on an opponent on any given night. They play fast and loose and could really get some shots up against a Cavs defense that was already pitiful before Varejao's injury.

* Manny Harris has struggled at times defending opposing guards who can shoot and get to the basket (Houston's Kevin Martin, Charlotte's Stephen Jackson). He'll really be tested by the Warriors' Monta Ellis, who is averaging 25.4 points and has scored at least 30 in three of his last nine games.

* Bottom line: It's already been a long season for the Cavs, but this west coast swing could quickly unravel because of all the injuries.

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