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Pregame: Cavs at Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 1, 2011
Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, right, scuffles with Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Washington. Both were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Cleveland Cavaliers (15-59) at Washington Wizards (18-56)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: Verizon Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR
Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Wizards probables: PG Jordan Crawford, SG Maurice Evans, SF Yi Jianlan, PF Andray Blatche, C JaVale McGee

Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) out, Antawn Jamison (finger) out, Samardo Samuels (wrist) out. Wizards -- John Wall (suspension) out, Nick Young (knee) out, Trevor Booker (foot) out, Josh Howard (knee) out, Rashard Lewis (knee) out.
Who's hot/who's not: Cleveland’s Anthony Parker is shooting 72 percent in his last two games (13 of 18). He has made his last six 3-pointers over that time. ... Ramon Sessions had 24 points off the bench in the loss to Charlotte. ... Washington’s Jordan Crawford is averaging 15.9 points since getting traded from Atlanta, nearly four times what he was averaging in limited time with the Hawks (4.2). ... Forward Yi Jianlian is shooting 27 percent (3 of 11) in his last two games.

Notes
* The Wizards will be without their two leading scorers tonight in Nick Young and John Wall. That's the good news. The bad news is their front line goes 7-foot (Yi Jianlian), 6-11 (Andray Blatche) and 7-foot (JaVale McGee). By comparion, Alonzo Gee is 6-6.

* That's why Byron Scott is going against his own rules and considering playing Samardo Samuels tonight. Samuels' wrist is making tremendous progress -- surgery was mentioned as an option just a couple of days ago -- and the Cavs desperately need his size tonight. Not to mention, if either of their two remaining bigs (J.J. Hickson, Ryan Hollins) fall into foul trouble again, the Cavs would be in a real mess.

* Flip Saunders acknowledged this morning that the Wizards are about to become an interior team after being a guard-dominated team most of the season. That's what happens when a team loses its starting backcourt and the 35 points a game that came with them.

* Scott thinks all of the experience Ramon Sessions received playing against starting point guards will help him now that he is going back into a reserve role. Sessions is one of the best backup point guards in the league and can tee off on inferior defenders, as he did against the Bobcats Wednesday when he got to the basket with ease and scored 24 points off the bench.

* Sessions played well enough to stay in for the fourth quarter alongside Baron Davis. Scott likes having an extra ball-handler out there and will go with the hot hand in the fourth quarter. Until now, Daniel Gibson had played the fourth quarter with Davis.

* In case you didn't realize it, these are the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference. Guessing it won't be a big draw -- particularly now that Wall has been suspended -- considering it's a Friday night in D.C.

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